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IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

ImprompTwo is a casual evening of improv performance featuring the duo Cascade with a different top-notch guest duo every week. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting like a hidden jazz lounge where the musicians play just for the buzz of it. Plus, the admission is free with a free glass of wine to the first ten people who come through the door and stay for the show.

CASCADE (Sarah Marie Curry & Cat Drago) welcomes you to the flood. Starting in the middle of what looks like a modern three act play (example: God of Carnage, Proof, Take Me Out, Closer) Cascade improvises through the darkest and lightest moments of a slice of human experience until the lights go out.

Tickets are free, but you can guarantee a seat reservation with a $1 charge.

Upcoming guests:
July 5th - Adventure Squad (Kaci Beeler & Valerie Ward)
July 12th - Allen AbuZayed (Hanna AbuZayed & Chris Allen) with musical guest Brently Heilbron
July 19th - Flukes (Wyatt Tall & Luke Wallens)
July 26th - I Hate You So Much (Ryan Austin & Ruby Willmann)

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KARMA POLICE – A Jukebox Musical Project

KARMA POLICE – A Jukebox Musical Project

KARMA POLICE – A Jukebox Musical Project

The Jukebox Musical Project continues its mission to create original Broadway productions around the songbooks of arbitrary popular musical artists. In July, we take you back to the that dark blotch in early American history, the Salem Witch Trials and the Macbethian minds behind it Cotton and Martha Mather. Soundtracking the emotions of it all will be the work of the dark pioneers of modern music, Radiohead, using the same lyrics in new arrangements. It's everything in it's right place.

Written by Courtney Hopkin. Directed by Asaf Ronen with vocal arrangement by Lindsey McGowen and accompaniment by Content Love Knowles. Featuring Kelly Campbell, Emily Cawood, Sarah Marie Curry, Michael Ferstenfeld, Jordan Maxwell, Megan Sherrod, Kim Stacy and Jill Summar.

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THE LADIES ROOM

THE LADIES ROOM

THE LADIES ROOM

The Ladies Room: Improvised Stories of Women Who Just Go Together

Strong.   Worthy.  Beautiful.  Imperfect.  Lovable.  Bold.  Behind the closed doors of the ladies room you’ll find truth: Real women with real stories that are really funny.

The Ladies Room will pass every Bechdel test, showing women in their many roles, with their many faces, and many stories.  The Ladies Room will invite you to journey with a group of friends that will support each other through the good, the bad and the ugly! You want to know what women talk about behind closed doors? Come and hear the secrets of The Ladies Room.

Directed by Asaf Ronen. Assitant Directed by Ally Huston. Featuring Jessica Brooks, Jo Chauvin, Brittany Flurry, Ally Huston, Molly McKee, Nicole Oliver, Jessica Salinas, Sam Schak, Aspen Webster.

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TARANTULA - Organic Improv

TARANTULA - Organic Improv

TARANTULA - Organic Improv

Tarantula is Improv like you've never seen before.  It’s an experience.  It’s an organic, odd, vibrant web of collective consciousness that breathes life into the darkest corners of our minds. Once you’re inside you can’t escape it.

Tarantula is a combination of improv and live music melding together in the most unique ways.  The improvisers will use the stage and their own bodies like a canvas, a tapestry of emotions and perceptions.  Unlike most improvised shows that tell a story in a narrative fashion, Tarantula will tell a story that is fragmentary and organic.  You will relate to the weird and twisty rhythms of the show because you are HUMAN and it connects with you soul.  Improvisers will move as one, create without structure and follows the beats and tempo that the musicians lay down for them in the moment.

This month's cast will feature: Adam Mengesha, Asaf Ronen, Kierstin Hettler, Michael Joplin, Quinn Buckner, Ruby Willmann, Sam Schak, and Sarah Marie Curry with magical musical accompaniment by David Ronn!

$5 (FREE for Institution students) • Jul 11, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals presents BOYS OF SUMMER

Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals presents BOYS OF SUMMER

Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals presents BOYS OF SUMMER

Do you go for the high-tech, nerdy type? Or maybe you like a wayward preacher’s kid …. Are you hot for teacher? All of the above? Then the 2015 Boys of Summer is your ticket to satisfaction. Watch as these seemingly straight-laced men shed their decorum and take turns singing and dancing as the stars of Girls Girls Girls’s Boys of Summer Improvised Comedy Musicals!

See a new side of some of Austin’s most respected men as they flex their singing and acting muscles to create Broadway-style musical comedy, on the spot, from an audience suggestion.

Performing at The Institution Theater, a new boy will guest star alongside Girls Girls Girls for each show as they perform their signature format - a musical comedy created in the moment from an audience suggestion, complete with storyline, songs, and multiple characters.

Show lineup:
Friday, July 17 – Troy Miller
Saturday, July 18 – Dave Ronn
Friday, July 24 – Ryan Austin
Saturday, July 25 – David Lampe
Friday, July 31 – Kevin Miller
Saturday, August 1 – Andrew Buck

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WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

Whiteboard is totally dependent on YOU, the AUDIENCE! Before the show begins a BLANK whiteboard will be on stage and it is YOUR job to fill it up. You can draw pictures, write poetry, words, phrases, numbers - anything that inspires you!

Hopefully, the whiteboard inspires the improvisors as well who will launch into an high-energy, fast-paced show using as much of YOUR IMAGINATION as possible, using every part of the buffalo to generate spontaneous scenes, stories and then some.

JUNE'S CAST will feature: Aly Dixon, Cené Hale, Emma Holder, Marcus Hysmith, James Leary, Erica Lies, Asaf Ronen and Wyatt Tall.

$5 • Jul 19, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

BOOKER AND A BUDDY

BOOKER AND A BUDDY

BOOKER AND A BUDDY

Storied and renowned Austin improviser, Tom Booker, performs an hour-long improvised romp with a friend of his choosing. Invited guests will include the best performers, improvisers and entertainers from across this fine city as well as special guests visiting from the far reaches of New York, Chicago and LA. The resulting performance will be a funny and breath taking joy ride through the great unknown and beyond! 

TOM BOOKER has studied and taught improvisation and sketch at The Second City Training Center, ImprovOlympic, and is a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre. Tom has written, directed and acted in several productions, such as “Patty, Patty, BANG! BANG! – The Patty Hearst Musical!” and a stage version of Valley of the Dolls as well as playing Bobby in the Off-Broadway run of “The Real Live Brady Bunch.” Tom has appeared in several television shows, films and nearly a hundred commercials.

Double Billing with Booker & A Buddy will be Sorry? directed by Ruby Willmann featuring Carolina Andrade, Heidi Caldwell, Kelly Campbell, Bonnie Dilber, Sue Jordan, Katherine Krasin, Maggie Lieser, Heidi Penix, Casey Quinlan, and Sam Schak.

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MONOLOGUE JAM - Solo Competitive Improv

MONOLOGUE JAM - Solo Competitive Improv

MONOLOGUE JAM - Solo Competitive Improv

The world is full of characters: yours. The Austin Improv Monologue Jam celebrates the power of instant storytelling and comedic character building with a head-to-head competition between ten monologists vying for a jar of delicious jam. Victory never tasted so sweet.

Each monologist will be presented with a suggestion to launch them into the creation of a three-minute characters. Nine of the competitors will be pulled from the vast talent pool of Austin improvisers with the tenth being a Wild Card performer culled from that night's audience volunteers. The crowd chooses their favorite monologue of the night, and the winner leaves with a jar of SWEET VICTORY (jam).

The Austin Improv Monologue Jam is produced and directed by Tyler Bryce and Jennifer Dorsey, part of the team that brought you the award-winning Thinning the Herd. The format for the show is based on the Dallas Monologue Jam created by Brad McEntire and produced annually at the Big Sexy Weekend of Improv (a production of the Alternative Comedy Theater).

People interested in performing should keep their eye on the Austin Monologue Jam Facebook page to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/monologuejam.

$5 (FREE for Institution students) • Aug 1, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater Clubhouse, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets