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PINK IS THE NEW BLACK - A Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical

PINK IS THE NEW BLACK - A Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical

PINK IS THE NEW BLACK - A Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical

Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals presents an evening of rhymes and misdemeanors.

Guilty! The cast of Girls Girls Girls has been sentenced to trade in their sparkles for pink prison uniforms to do time in the women’s federal penitentiary. This April, the girls will show their true grit as they navigate prison life: from crazy fellow inmates and questionable food to creative ways to fashion almost anything from a maxi-pad.

Follow one prisoner’s improvised tale from the courtroom to the top bunk as she makes friends and enemies, figures out the underground system for favors, and unwittingly stumbles into all sorts of messes as she makes her way through prison. Be prepared for musical magic and mayhem in a spectacle never before improvised or attempted in Austin TX. Pink Is The New Black!

B. Iden Payne Award Winning Girls Girls Girls (gggimprov.com) is Austin, Texas's longest running all-female improvisation troupe. Our specialty is creating longform, improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion. The cast includes Aden Kirschner, Amy Averett, Cynthia Oelkers, Kimberly Cox, Caitlin SweetLamb, Megan Flynn, and Sarah Marie Curry with musicians Ammon Taylor, Ed Kliman, and Joel Love.

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Fuck, It's Hot! presents SEX AND QUESO (and other things that are sloppy)

Fuck, It's Hot! presents SEX AND QUESO (and other things that are sloppy)

Fuck, It's Hot! presents SEX AND QUESO (and other things that are sloppy)

The most booming business in the new Austin economy? Irony.

The Institution Theater returns with a new sketch show, hot off the success of our previous sketch shows FUCK, IT'S HOT and FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!, that celebrates and skewers all that is the ATX. Our quickly growing urban sprawl is providing our cast with endless fodder and lots of time to write about it while they wait online for things that they ultimately cannot afford.

SEX AND QUESO takes you behind the scenes of cult-like yoga culture, FuckFuckFuckFest, (the first music festival solely devoted to hooking up in Austin), a secret society dedicated to celebrating the mythic status of Matthew McConaughey, and so much more. Let's look at the Austin that was and brace ourselves for its imminent future.

Written and Directed by Brently Heilbron and featuring Duncan Coe, Bryan Curry, Claudio Fox, Ash Nunley, Sam Schak, Bryan 'Lubu' Roberts, and Elena Weinberg. Music accompaniment by Mark Stewart and Angela Maldonado.

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: There will no Rubber Room on March 2nd and March 9th.

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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TRUST NO ONE – An unscripted evening of paranoia and disinformation

TRUST NO ONE – An unscripted evening of paranoia and disinformation

TRUST NO ONE – An unscripted evening of paranoia and disinformation

The improv show THEY don’t want you to see!

You think you understand your world. You go to work, pay your taxes, care for your family… you do everything expected of you, but still, there is that nagging feeling that something just isn’t right. Did your boss just give that stranger a secret handshake? Is that just a cell phone tower, or is it broadcasting mind-control waves? And just what are they putting in our drinking water?

This is the improv show that throws back the veil. This totally unscripted theatrical experience will expose the truth about the shadowy conspiracies that control the world. You, the audience, can choose which sinister organization you’d like to learn the truth about -- from the Bilderberg Group to the Build-a-Bear Workshop -- and this show will disinform as it entertains. Follow the thrilling travails of an everyday person caught up in a mysterious web of disinformation, paranoia, and betrayal. Will they survive to expose the sinister cabal that plays with people’s lives like toys? Or will they disappear, never to be heard from again, as the machinery of control keeps on turning? Wear the tinfoil. See the show. And TRUST NO ONE.

Trust No One is an entirely improvised evening of theatre co-conspired by Alex Ayala, Andreas Fabis, Andy Hush, Ceej Allen, Chelley Pyatt, Clint Harris, Jay Michael, Jen Kaplan, Luis Salinas, Maitland Lederer, Nicole Beckley, Ryan Hill, and Tess Hermes, and directed by Brad Hawkins.

Trust No One runs Fridays at 8pm in April and May. Tickets are $12. You'll receive a $2 refund if you show up wearing a tinfoil hat.

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HELL AND BACK CABARET - An evening of Music, Improv, & Parlour Games

HELL AND BACK CABARET - An evening of Music, Improv, & Parlour Games

HELL AND BACK CABARET - An evening of Music, Improv, & Parlour Games

Follow your host, Gentress Helena Back, to the "Hell & Back Cabaret" for the most alluring entertainments from the dark shadows of the stage. Fall into the arms of a menagerie of musicians, singers, burlesque beauties, improvisers & practitioners of skills from the macabre to the astonishing. Take respite in treats & delights crafted to tantalize your eyes, ears & mind in a show that is one of a kind. 

Featuring such spectacular captivations as Indigo Shift, The Dark Sparkles, The Girl Who Knows, Paprika, Jack Darling, Simply D-Vine, Batshyt Crazy, Eureka Smoke, Layna D'Luna, & the lovely ladies from Fat Bottom Cabaret, More delights await at The Hell & Back Cabaret.

$10 • Apr 25, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

Every woman has a secret, none more so than the women who lay everything bare in Hurly Burly, an Improvised Burlesque Story. Each week, you'll follow the intriguing life of a burlesque dancer, fighting for her chance to make her moves on stage and in life. Hurly Burly takes you behind the scenes into her daily pleasures and pitfalls while she sashay’s through the world of burlesque and eventually finds her place in front of the footlights.

Directed by Jayme Ramsay and Marc Majcher, these sexy, charming, and touching shows run every Friday night in May and June at 10pm at the Institution Theater. The stunning cast of performers include Adriane Shown, Brooke Beltane, Caeriel Crestin, Eureka Smoke, Foxy Cakes, Jen Kaplan, Jessie Pascarelli, Lulu La Mer, Marc Majcher, Paul Normandin, Rosie Dear, Ryan Hill, Wilhelmina Wyldehart, with improvised music by Tosin Awofeso and the technical genius of Cynthia Ward and Lindsey McGowen.

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FREAK SHOW: A Melodrama with Twoo Heads

FREAK SHOW: A Melodrama with Twoo Heads

FREAK SHOW: A Melodrama with Twoo Heads

“Hey, Freaks! Let’s put on a show!” With that rally cry, a motley crew of old circus freaks set out to save the retirement home dedicated to their kind before the bank forecloses on it. “The Last Freak Show – A Melodrama With Two Heads!” is an original musical that wears its heart awkwardly outside its chest with an evening of love songs, jar babies and four-legged tap dancing. Will Gorilla Girl, Mr. Head – The Bodyless Wonder, Jay/Jayne – The Half-Man/Half-Woman and the rest of the Scooby Gang save their home from the evil banker or have to hit the road…again?

“The Last Freak Show – A Melodrama With Two Heads” is written and directed by Tom Booker, the head honcho at The Institution Theater with music written by none other than Laura Hall, the Musical Director of Drew Carey’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Featuring such off-beat songs as “Step Right Up, Folks!”, “They’re Not Just A Freak, They’re A Friend!” and “A Gorilla’s Girl’s Pain”.

Featuring Stephanie Ard as Gorilla Girl; Amy Averett as Myrtle, The Four-Legged Tap Dancing Woman; Terrill Fischer as The Man With His Head Up His Ass; Adam Keys and Joseph Tran as Morty and Sol, The Fraternal Conjoined Twins (who look nothing alike); Donna Rice as Seal Girl; Mark Shoemaker as Mr. Head, The Body-less Wonder; Leanne Stott as Jay/Jayne, The Half Man/Half Woman; David Lampe as Mr. Dick, The Evil Banker; Jon Peterson as Little Dick, The Banker’s Son; and Tom Booker as Ballyhoo Bob, Ringmaster of the Freaks.

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VIRGIN TERRITORY - A Showcase of New Stand-Ups

VIRGIN TERRITORY - A Showcase of New Stand-Ups

VIRGIN TERRITORY - A Showcase of New Stand-Ups

Helmed and hosted by Brently Heilbron, the newest addition to The Institution Staff, we're rolling out the Austin Improv Community's newest additions to the Austin stand-up pool. Come support as these budding talents venture their craft into previously uncharted waters.

And be ready to laugh!

Featuring:
David Blake
Katherine Boehm
Jessica Eley
Andrea Enriquez
Richard Gentry
Cene Hale
Pamela Ingalls
Ron Morelli
William Munnerlyn
Alexander Thompson

$5 (free for Institution students) • May 8, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets