Gorilla Theatre – Arabian Nights Ensemble
Gorilla Theater is a format invented by Keith Johnstone. There are six players. The players take turns directing scenes. Each scene is then judged by the audience — if the audience collectively liked the scene, the player gets a “banana”, usually represented by a yellow paper banana they can affix on a scoreboard by their name. If the audience collectively disliked the scene, the player gets a “forfeit”. When this happens, the player has to draw a slip of paper from a bucket, and the paper has some embarrassing or onerous task written on it, which they then have to do in penance for their bad scene.
There is also a player in a gorilla costume. The gorilla does not direct, but is often called upon to participate in scenes.