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Love at first scene

January 27, 2009

It began as love at first scene. Russell Faillaci ('94) took an acting class for elective credit and found a passion for theater. He participated in productions during college and knew upon graduation that acting would be his career. "I had to convince my dad that this is what I really wanted to do, and I had to trust myself to do everything I could to follow this career choice," he says.

Russell FaillaciInspiration

To accomplish his goal, Faillaci left Colorado to study theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He imagined that he would pursue television or film work, but did not like the unpredictable life of a job-to-job actor. When Faillaci joined a theater in Hollywood, he discovered improvisation and sketch comedy. These two kinds of acting answered his worries about his acting career and would become the foundation for his new co-owned business, MaDcap Theatre.

“California taught me that I wanted to be in control, as much as I could, of my own destiny. Opening an improve theater in Colorado seemed like the perfect choice for me. Pursuing my own theater gave me a focus,” he explains.

Positive response

With new purpose, Faillaci moved back to Colorado. After nearly six years of working for Impulse Theater in Denver, he and fellow Impulse performer, Brian Harper, joined forces to fulfill their shared dream of opening an improv theater. With the help of their wives and Faillaci’s father, MaDcap Theatre emerged and celebrated its two year anniversary in July 2008. The audiences’ positive responses and loyalty to the theater have assured Faillaci that the theater is accomplishing its purpose.

“I hope MaDcap can be a place where families will always gather to laugh together. In a way, that’s community service to me, offering a place where families can come and have a good time and, more importantly, laugh together,” he says.

Uncertainty

At MaDcap, audiences can expect that they will not know what to expect: each performance differs from the ones before. Though he did not like the typically inconsistent nature of an acting career, Faillaci does enjoy this kind of uncertainty.

“Improv is always fresh. Its unscripted nature creates a unique experience every time you are on stage. Working with a group of actors to reach a common goal and doing so successfully is always a thrill and has created a very unique bond. To entertain an audience with no pre-determined course of action is satisfying and exhilarating,” he says.

Faillaci looks forward to the many laughs ahead in his long-time love affair with unpredictable improv. MaDcap Theatre is located in Westminster, Colo. 

This article was originally published in Around the Oval magazine. To subscribe to Around the Oval, become a member of the CSU Alumni Association.


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