WHO: Joseph Creedon of ImprovBoston
WHAT: It was just a matter of time before the improv troupes took a crack at spoofing Stephenie Meyer’s ubiquitous ‘‘Twilight’’ saga vampire novels and the movies they’ve spun off. ImprovBoston hopes to take a comedic bite out of the melodramatic tale of Edward, Bella, and Jacob with ‘‘My Dark Love: An Improvised Teen Gothic Romance,’’ complete with audience participation and, just maybe, Ewoks. We chatted with director-creator Creedon about the story behind the satire.
WHERE: Fridays at 10 p.m. through Feb. 17 at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. Tickets are $16, $12 with student ID. Information: 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com
Q. First of all, Team Edward or Team Jacob?
A. Team neither [laughs].
Q. Uh-oh, are you actually qualified to be directing this project then?
A. That makes me completely the right person to do this project. I can remain neutral. Team Renesmee if I had to pick a team.
Q. Whose idea was this originally?
A. Mine. My girlfriend and I like to watch bad movies together, and one day about a year ago she suggested “Twilight,’’ and it’s a horrible movie. And then I kept on thinking about it and thinking about it. It just wouldn’t let me go - why that movie was making me so angry other than ridiculous things like vampires playing baseball and that they sparkle and all that. So we ended up renting the rest of the movies and watching the whole series, and then I ended up reading the books. At the end of the day, the whole thing boils down to Bella just wants a boyfriend. There’s great children’s literature out there where there’s romance stories. But, I guess the problem is that [Bella] doesn’t have any other defining characteristic. She’s not a painter or a singer or an accountant or anything. Everything that defines her she gets through a man, and then at the end through a baby, and this traditional gender role really ticks me off.
Q. Was everyone in the cast forced to read the books and see the movies to prepare?
A. Absolutely. They all say they did [laughs].
Q. Was anyone secretly a fan? Did rehearsals bog down in Jacob vs. Edward shouting matches?
A. No. There were a lot of people in the cast who were fans, but everybody is a comedian, so everybody kind of likes things ironically. There are no genuine “Twilight’’ fans in the cast.
Q. Do you worry saying something like that will turn off actual “Twilight’’ fans from seeing the show?
A. I don’t care. All I’m trying to do is fill 100 seats. I’m not trying to get the entire world there. Those who want to make fun of “Twilight’’ are who the show is designed for. If “Twilight’’ is really your thing, if you can’t find humor in it, then this is absolutely the wrong place for you to go.
Q. So do you have a skeletal script or is it all improvised?
A. Basically, the way that we keep it improvised is Jacob and Edward are a new monster every week. We’ve got a wheel with different monsters on it like a Frankenstein or Ewoks. We have somebody in the audience come up and spin the wheel, and there’s a lot of new jokes that come out of that, and we don’t know what’s going to happen.
Q. Do you change the monster options every week?
A. Yes. We’ve got cavemen, we’ve got mermen, we’ve got pirates.
Q. What’s the biggest challenge in spoofing something like this, where some people feel it’s already sort of unintentionally comic?
A. The biggest challenge is actually being as weird and awful as the source material.
Q. Are you up to the task?
A. I definitely feel like we’re up to the task. If we can ever top giving a woman an orally administered caesarean section, then I think we can do it. Or at least we’re trying, and we’ve got seven weeks to do it.