Away from Conner Prairie, interpreter packs house with spirited improv act

Conner Prairie interpreter Jason Adams co-wrote and starred in an IndyFringe Theatre Festival show that was one of the 10-day event’s top 10 shows of the year.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

Jason Adams is now super famous. During the 2015 season of IndyFringe Theatre Festival, an annual, 10-day theater event, Jason starred in his own show that ended up being a top 10 show this year.

“It went ridiculously well,” said Jason of his newest show, which blends comedy, storytelling, magic tricks and Canadian pride. “There were no empty seats during the run.”

Written with his wife, Erin Carr Adams, the idea for the show came to Jason back in April when he developed an “aggressive magic act” as part of a show with Angel Burlesque.

Over the next four months, Jason and his wife worked to fully develop the show.

“Lou Harry (arts and entertainment writer with the Indianapolis Business Journal) called it, ‘relentlessly self-assured.’ I really like that,” Jason said. “I’m not like that but I like to put that mask on.”

Jason, Conner Prairie’s manager of science interpretation who is often seen working in Create.Connect, is originally from Kitchener, Ontario, and has loved comedy and theater since high school.

As a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he learned about the art of improvisation from some of the best. “My teacher was a student of Paul Sills, the creator of improv comedy,” he said. “I didn’t know what I had.”

Jason Adams performs his one-man improvisation act at the IndyFringe Theatre in Indianapolis.

Since, improvisation has become a part of Jason’s personal and professional life. When he and his wife moved to Indianapolis about five years ago, they quickly became involved in the local comedy and theater scene. Their latest act is the third IndyFringe act they’ve written and performed.

“Of course we want to do another one,” he said. But no official plans have been made yet.

For now, Jason is already booked to take his show on the road through private events, including birthday and office parties and other get-togethers.