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Creatures of Impulse 'Assemble'

Tri-Valley improv troupe to perform holiday weekend, say goodbye to graduating seniors
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Creatures of Impulse performs "Assemble: A Heroes and Villains Saga" May 26-28 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Bringing all the impulsive creativity that comes with improvisational comedy, Pleasanton's teen troupe, Creatures of Impulse, is set to perform "Assemble: A Heroes and Villains Saga" next Thursday through Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

"Our Spring Show is themed every year, and this year one of the members was inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we ran with it," city library and recreation coordinator Jeff Zavattero told the Weekly. 

"I think this is a great opportunity for our performers to explore what people would do if presented with these gifts -- would they see it as a curse? A way to get ahead in life? Or would they use their great power in a responsible way, to make the world a better place?" he added.

According to Zavattero, "Assemble: A Heroes and Villains Saga" is a series of full-length improvised plays telling the stories of high schoolers with powers who must decide if they would like to use them for good or evil. Each show, he said, will build off the stories told the previous nights, culminating in a battle of good-versus-evil on Saturday night.

"In our first few shows, we will see new characters and heroes introduced each day," Zavattero said. "This will all lead to our culminating performance on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in a MCU-like clash between the characters in the previous nights, much like Marvel's 'Infinity War' and 'Endgame.' The final performance will wrap up ongoing arcs and see different heroes team up to face a final threat."

"Through this genre we've been telling really teenage coming-of-age stories with the added bonus of super-powers," Zavattero continued. "The stories have been unique, but relatable, and I cannot wait to see what audience suggestions inspire new stories when we get to the Firehouse stage."

The performance, Zavattero said, will double as the group's Senior Night and serve as a farewell to graduating seniors.

A preview performance, with $2 tickets, will be on Tuesday (May 24) at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are May 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. Two performances, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are scheduled for May 28. Tickets, $10, are available at www.firehousearts.org.