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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:
Emma Czarnecki
Brian McConnell
Butch Miles
Erin Nies
Pamela Paek
Jackie Skinner
Joseph Tran
Paul Weiner
Liz Wilcocks

$5 • Apr 30, 2015 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

THE SECRET LIVES OF SOCCER MOMS with Girls Girls Girls

THE SECRET LIVES OF SOCCER MOMS with Girls Girls Girls

THE SECRET LIVES OF SOCCER MOMS with Girls Girls Girls

Behind the facade of every perfect life is a secret. Behind every perfect suburban hedge is a pile of dry leaves waiting for a match. Behind every ordinary day is the song of lost potential. Behind every goal post, is a child that needs an orange slice, and behind every PTA meeting, is a mom who just wishes she could have been a broadway star instead. Watch as the ladies of GGG improvise a full-length musical in the vein of Weeds, or Desperate Housewives but with songs, dance, scandal and soccer, all while coaching their children from the sidelines of the big game.

They are all women. They are all mothers of children who play soccer. But one of them has a secret that's going to shake the cul-de-sac apart when it comes out. Maybe she’s a contract killer. Maybe she has a second family in Des Moines. Maybe she hoards Precious Moments figurines.

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is Austin, Texas’ longest running all-female musical theater improvisation troupe with a specialty in creating full-length improvised Broadway musicals from a single audience suggestion. They have performed in festivals in New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Honolulu, Atlanta, Dallas and, of course, our home of Austin, Texas. GGG is the 2012 recipient of the B. Iden Payne “Excellence in Improvisational Theater”.

Friday night shows will feature free, onsite childcare and fun improv games for kids ages 6-12 (up to 20 kids). Click here to reserve your spot: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F6VDS5D. Saturdays will have a pre-show starting at 6:30PM as the ladies tailgate and drink out of hot pink, GGG water bottles (filled with what? It’s a secret!) in the parking lot.

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LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE – Season Two

LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE – Season Two

LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE – Season Two

Late Night Time Machine launches a second season with hard-drinking, hard-smoking host Teddy Hancox as he helms the third most popular talk show of 1968! Teddy returns with a guest list of more impressive luminaries plucked from the past and the future than even before!

Witness a world where Stevie Nicks and Manuel Noriega party together. Emily Dickinson and Bjork swap poems, and Amy Winehouse hooks up with Genghis Khan. With its unique combination of onstage acts and backstage drama, satire and stupidity, improv, sketch, and stand-up, Late Night Time Machine is a crazy, unpredictable live comedy ride unlike anything else in Austin!

Unique episodes of Late Night Time Machine will be performed at 10PM every Friday from April 3rd through May 8th The Institution Theater. Starring James C. Leary as Teddy Hancox, with Sydney Huddleston as beleaguered stage manager Tildy Weatherspoon and Mike Carreon as Teddy’s sidekick, Bud Grouper, with a cavalcade of guests that span across time: Albert Einstein (Michael Ferstenfeld), Alexander the Great (Kevin Miller), Amy Winehouse (Kristen Kurtis), Benjamin Franklin (Marcus Hysmith), Bill Clinton (Asaf Ronen), Bjork (Sarah Marie Curry), Buster Keaton (Luke Wallens), Catherine the Great (Jessica Arjet), Charlie Chaplin (Alex Ayala), Cleopatra (Roanna Flowers), Conan O'Brien (Ryan Hill), Emily Dickinson (Hanna Abu Zayed), Eve (Heidi Rogers), Genghis Khan (Brad Hawkins), Groucho Marx (Robert Slack), Joan Jett (Jayme Ramsay), Manuel Noriega (Donnie Loa), Orson Welles (Jordan T. Maxwell), Salvador Dali (Brently Heilbron), Stanley Kubrick (Kenny Madison), Stevie Nicks (Donna Rice), Vincent van Gogh (Chris Allen) and Wernher von Braun (Andreas Fabis).

Directed by Mason Pitluk. Created, produced, and written by Tess Hermes and Mason Pitluk. Technical Direction by Mark Shoemaker.

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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.

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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:
April 26th - Jews Own the Night (Michael Ferstenfeld and Brently Heilbron)
May 3rd - JeJu (Justin Davis & Jeanette Jones)
May 10th - NO SHOW
May 17th - Butter (Luke Wallens & Sandra Ybara)
May 24th - 20 Years and Counting (Chuy & Catherine Zarate)
May 31st - Adventure Squad (Kacy Danger & Valerie Ward)
June 7th - Ratliff & Jackson (John Ratliff & Lisa Jackson)
June 14th - Skeeter & Sweaty (Jason Vines & Mike Kinald)
June 21st - NO SHOW
June 18th - Dumbasses (Marcus Osborn & Luis Salinas)

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO RUBBER ROOM ON MAY 10TH DUE TO STUDENT SHOWCASES

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, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and Jo Chauvin (along with weekly guests) 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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BUZZ BAND

BUZZ BAND

BUZZ BAND

Enter the world of musicians on the cusp – of stardom, of reaching the next level, of bottoming out, of personal disaster.  BUZZ BAND is a full-length improvised theater show whose characters lay it all on the line as they strive for fame – or infamy – in the seductive world of rock 'n roll.  Witness the cast create live music in the moment for six unique performances in May.

Starring Manuel Duran, Mary Henderson, Andrew Johnston, Jordan T. Maxwell, Dave Ronn, Luis Salinas, Megan Sherrod, Megan Simon, Sarah Swofford, Chad Wellington, and J.R. Zambrano. 

Directed by Karen Jane DeWitt and Nicole Beckley.  Technical direction by Cortney DeAngelo.

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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: Kiersten Hettler, Ashley Nugent, Sarah Marie Curry, Kareem Badr, Jon Bolden, Tom Booker, Frank Netscher and magical musical accompaniment by Ammon Taylor!

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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! 

April's guest is KAREEM BADR, one-fourth of the award winning Parallelogramophonograph and one of the owners of The Hideout Theater as well as a director/teacher/performer who has been involved in many projects including Kenjitsu, The Violent Underbelly and False Matters.

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.

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FRAGILE ROCK - The World's First Emo Puppet Band

FRAGILE ROCK -  The World's First Emo Puppet Band

FRAGILE ROCK - The World's First Emo Puppet Band

Fragile Rock is Austin's own emo puppet band. They are very real and very felt. See them LIVE in their first artist residency at the Institution Theater – assuming they don't break up mid-show again.

See their debut video, I AM SAD (SO AM I) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDbkANrP-H8!

Written by Brently Heilbron with Bryan Curry, Ryan Hill, Taylor Howe, Jayme Ramsay, Devon Ragsdale, Bryan "Lubu" Roberts, Chadwick Smith, Kim Stacy, Megan Thornton, Cynthia Ward. Band stylist: Emily Cawood and puppet master: Shaun Branigan. Videos directed by Jessica Gardner.

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