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SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

Longform improvisation has a long history of experimentation and the latest performer showcase at The Institution Theater is following that tradition. Some of Austin’s freshest talent will separate into teams and create Harold inspired longform improvisation. Teams will explore the discovered individual themes and characters by heightening scenes created by the other teams, and then improv wins.

Featuring Andrea Enriquez, Darren Peterson, Donna Rice, Jake Sharon, John Reed, Kevin Machate, Lex Simpson, Norman Tran, Penelope Palacios, Roanna Flowers, and Sarah Geenberg.

With special guests each week:
July 31st – THE KNUCKLEBALL NOW
Known for high energy and quick wit, these four lads radiate positive energy and a contagious fervor for life. Like a shot of adrenaline, you will feel you alive, so sit back and enjoy the ride. They have found a connection within each other that many troupes seek but seldom find. Fearless frenzy of fun. That's the Knuckleball Now: Deano Jones, Michael Joplin, Craig Kotfas and Ace Manning.

August 7th – HONEY LADIES
Honey Ladies present to you an improvised girl clique film. Through source material like Mean Girls, Heathers, and Jawbreaker, these ladies will perform a narrative based on the four archetypes found in those films. The girls you loved to hate are back. Honey Ladies is Jen Kaplan, Jeanette Jones, Nicole Oliver, Sarah Swofford, and Sam Schak.

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The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

Love! Dating! It's fun, it's confusing, it's scary and exciting.

The Better Half presents Date Night is all about it. Join Jo and Regina every Friday night at 8pm at The Institution Theater as they present a variety show exploring the world of dating, love and all its quirks through song, sketch, standup, clowning, actual dates onstage, improv and much more!

With over 10 years of improv experience between them, Regina Soto and Jo Chauvin have been performing together for years delighting audiences all around the Houston and Austin area as the duo improv troupe, The Better Half.

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BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

These aren’t the mamby-pamby, sweet, soft puppets your parents grew up with; this is the rude and sexy sketch comedy world of BatShyt Crazy where its felty protagonists manipulate their way through this dirty city of flesh sacks (aka humans). The puppets are finally getting an upper hand in the world after years of living hidden away in the dark mean streets of human society.

There’s Bubbles, a wide-eyed, try everything, frog who loves stripping, making out with whatever she can make out with, and going to prison. There’s Human Chris who has a particularly creepy puppet attraction issue. And Scissors, the amazingly over-the-top foul-mouthed puppet cop. Rising up from the strip clubs, the poetry slams, and messy murder crime scenes, it’ll be a hinge-jawed revolution to be remembered.

The cast includes Mike Carreon, Taylor Howe, Gene Joe, Kevin Machate, Devon Ragsdale, Megan Thornton, Cindy Ward, Adam Wories, Sandra Ybarra and Assistant Director Beth Doughty. Written and Directed by Topping Haggerty.

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

What happens when some of Austin’s most respected business owners and high-tech professionals loosen their frayed t-shirt collars and flex their keyboard-weary hands? They transform into the singing, dancing Boys of Summer!

One hot Boy of Summer will guest star with Girls Girls Girls Improvised Comedy Musicals for seven Saturday night shows from July 12 through August 23. 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 as they perform their signature format - a musical comedy created in the moment from an audience suggestion, complete with storyline, songs, and multiple characters.

And, Pick-a-Boy is back! Girls Girls Girls has saved the last show to feature a guest star selected by you, the audience! Votes have already poured in and the contenders have been narrowed down to the following: Mike Carreon, Kevin Miller, Ryan Austin, Doug Pendergras, Chuy Zarate, and Tom Booker. Come watch on July 12 as these contenders sing and dance in a showcase with the Girls for a chance to win the audience’s heart and a spot as guest star of the final show.

Show lineup:
July 12 – Pick-A-Boy Thunderdome (come vote for your favorite!)
July 19 – Clif Highfield
July 26 – Tyler Bryce
August 2 – Michael Jastroch
August 9 – Joe Parsons
August 16 – Dave Buckman
August 23 – Pick-a-Boy Audience Choice

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FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

Experience Austin the way it should be: live, intimate, and a little roasted.

The world of Fresh Roasted is Pee-Wee’s Playhouse with an Austin address as designed through the mind of Brandon Martin, the creative (and chronic) comic host of the on-stage coffee shop that serves as crossroads for a cross-section of eccentric "locals": militant breast-feeders, are-they-homeless or are-they hipster-regulars, and a talking coffee machine named Neil Decaf Tyson.

Stopping by will be some of Austin's finest performance artists – stand-ups, slam poets, musicians, actors, and more – to talk process and show off their stuff. Cafe Ruckus will provide free samples for the full Austin coffee shop experience.

Created by Brandon Martin. Directed by Clifton Highfield. Featuring JenRaye Adams, Mitchell Deane, Matt Giles, Lindsay Hejl, Dave Justus, Ron Morelli, Mason Pitluk, Heidi Rogers, Luke Wallens and Gene Zhou.

With Special Guests Every Week:
July 12th –
Guest performer Ryan Goldston; Musical Guest Gift featuring Fouled Out

July 19th – Stand-up Kat Ramzinski; Musical Guest Fouled Out

July 26th – Improviser Kaci Beeler; Musical Guest Mars Wright

August 2nd – Comedian Will Cleveland; Musical Guest Hillary Khumley

August 9th – Montgomery Wayne; Musical Guest Beat Bodega

August16th – Stand-up John Buseman; Musical Guest Fouled Out

August 23rd – Chris Karr; Slam Poet Keith Ruckus

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE A RUBBER ROOM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH.

Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot?

Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at 8 PM at The Institution Theater.

The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment.

After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. The Faculty Show will showcase and highlights the style of improv taught at the theater. Plus, it gives the faculty the opportunity to play together, which they love to do.

Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. The Institution’s is faculty made up of Tom Booker, Asaf Ronen, Justin Davis, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and John Ratliff, a varied group of improvisers that have made their mark around the country (and even the world for a couple of them). They’ll follow the basic tenet of “make the other people look good” if you’re lucky enough to join them on stage.

The Rubber Room, a safe place to bounce around new ideas every Sunday night at 8 PM at The Institution Theater. You’d be crazy to miss this.

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