Established by a collective of political activists and artists about 20 years ago, The Castillo Theatre on 543 West 42nd St. is still the place to go for cutting edge avant garde productions that continually redefine modern theatre in this country. All subjects are on the table including gender identity, the shortcomings of American democracy; the rise of fascism and communism throughout the world; and the legacy of slavery and racism. Genres include the American musical, vaudeville, choreo-poems, historical dramas, hip-hop, and improvisational comedy. Showing Saturdays December 6 & 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM This Is Your Ridiculous Life, an improvisational comedy show, draws members of the audience onstage for an impromptu conversation with professional psychotherapists. On the spot, the Castillo Players transform their life stories into improvised scenes. In this way, background information from the audience becomes the show. But don’t worry about being a sitting duck… each week, four volunteers are picked to go up on stage. The concept originated with founder Fred Newman who also happens to be a psychotherapist. He spontaneously asked somebody out of his players’ group to come up on stage and talk about her life. It turns out her so called ordinary life was more interesting than some of the more established and perhaps contrived scripts out there. So sit back and enjoy the madness!