Ellsworth plans to poll the audience at the next Wide Open Floor on Friday on who they’d like to see given a bigger showcase if “Act Two” continues. That show will also be an experiment in itself, as he challenges performers to go back to basics.
“The show’s become a little tech heavy, relying on AV and pre-recorded music,” he says. “We think it’s taking away from the potential for interaction. Why not work with the visual artists in the room? If you need music, we have a full improv jazz band, the Undoctored Originals.”
Another expansion is a sort of a pre-show at Graffiti Gallery in North Chattanooga, which has an exhibit opening every first Friday—the same day as Wide Open Floor, but at 5 p.m. For the last few months, Ellsworth has brought performers to the gallery, which has loaned a few pieces of art for the 8 p.m. Wide Open Floor performance.
“Some people have thought we’re an ensemble, but we’re really random performers coming together from everywhere,” says Ellsworth. “It’s unique. It’s comfortable. It’s like hanging out with a bunch of old friends after a while.”
Wide Open Floor
$5 • 8 p.m. • Friday, April 5 • Barking Legs Theater • 1307 Dodds Ave. • (423) 624-5347 • barkinglegs.org