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WILL YOU BE MY TINDERELLA?

WILL YOU BE MY TINDERELLA?

WILL YOU BE MY TINDERELLA?

Looking for love in all the online places.

Here’s what the dating pool looks like out there: that guy posing with the dead animals, that woman in the poorly lit bathroom selfie, all of them clueless on what will actually win them a date for a night. And we’re all six swipes of separation from them, more or less. ;)

Will You Be My Tinderella? parades these kinds of characters in an improvised spider web of mismatched dates and romantic stumblings. The audience will be the fly on the wall swiping left or right on what might lead to love, sex, drama, and a plethora of emotions. This Valentine's Day bring your significant other, your casual partner, or your five cats and get ready to navigate the exhausting process of online dating.

Directed by Clifton Highfield and featuring Matthew Alvarez, Jo Chauvin, Stuart Feild, Torrey St. George, Matthew Giles, Ally Huston, Brandon Martin, Amanda Smith, Jessica S. and Maura Walsh.

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SATURDAY NIGHT TIGHTROPE

SATURDAY NIGHT TIGHTROPE

SATURDAY NIGHT TIGHTROPE

Saturday Night Tightrope is an opportunity for students, alumni, and friends of The Institution Theater to collaborate, experiment, incubate, and improvise new projects that showcase the skills they have learned while gaining experience in front of an audience. Watch as up-and-coming improvisers polish the rough edges, take risks, and try to discover what the next big show is going to be.
 
February 13th
TOM BOOKER'S BIRTHDAY BASH!!!
The Ladies Room
Baxter & Bernard
Booker & A Buddy
Hosted by Mr. Morbid

February 20th
Channel 2
Reverb
Award Winner
Hosted by Kim Stacy

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TARANTULA - Dynamic Improv

TARANTULA - Dynamic Improv

TARANTULA - Dynamic 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.

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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. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with your audience friends. Sit back and relax while we perform a speical and intimate Impromp-Two show justt for you. 

CASCADE (Sarah Marie Curry & Cat Drago) Built on a foundation of mutual adoration, and a love of theater and dramatic story telling, they specialize in realism, raw emotion, acting and what we in the improv world call "grounded scene work". They want you to laugh and cry. They love working together. And they love you for your support. Thank you.

Upcoming guests:
February 7th - Jeju (Justin Davis & Jeanette Jones)
February 14th - NugeField (Clifton Highfield & Ashley Nugent)
February 21st - Opposites (Mark Carpenter & Patrick Knisely)
February 28th - NO IMPROMPTWO - OSCARS

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO RUBBER ROOMS UNTIL JANUARY 3RD.

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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TALL TALES OF THE HIGH SEAS

TALL TALES OF THE HIGH SEAS

TALL TALES OF THE HIGH SEAS

The most outlandish adventures ever bragged

Pirates: loveable rogues, intrepid adventurers, notorious criminals. For young and old alike pirate stories evoke the spirit of danger, freedom and flamboyant eccentricities like no other genre. Follow our bigger than life characters into the golden age of swashbuckling where masts will split, cutlasses will shatter… but the truth will just be slightly bent.

Inspired by works like Treasure Island, Baron von Münchausen, Stardust and the Crimson Pirate we will spin totally, absolutely true yarns of bodice-ripping romance, unspeakable danger, sword-fights and exotic locations.

Every week two pirate captains will tell competing made-up stories based on audience suggestions. These tales are brought to life by our cast of improvisers and rated by the audience. The winner gets gold and glory, the loser gets put in the Tickle Sack… or worse.

Every show, there will be giveaways thanks to our sponsors: drink tickets for Crow Bar and bottles of Treaty Oak Rum.

Directed by Andreas Fabis and Dana Yanoshak, featuring Jessica Arjet, Claudio Fox, Brad Hawkins, Mary Henderson, Amanda Hinsman, Megan Moten, Paul Normandin, Cagney Ortiz, Ellen Pizarek, Sushant Sethi.

Tech Design: Mark Shoemaker
Musical Accompaniment: Tosin Awofeso
Costume Design: Victoria Hawthorne
Stage Manager: Zoe Jaye.

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HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

THERE WILL BE NO SHOW ON JANUARY 16TH.

The audience put the writing on the wall...and we will follow every word!

On the empty stage sits a blank whiteboard. It calls to YOU, the AUDIENCE, to fill it with suggestions—words, phrases, doodles—to influence our cast of top notch Highly Suggestible players. Be dazzled as they flip your ideas inside out—exploring the deepest depths of the collective unconscious—spinning them into a whirring hypno-wheel of high-energy comedy. 

Highly collaborative. Highly hilarious. Highly Suggestible.

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AWARD WINNER – Improvised Oscar Bait

AWARD WINNER – Improvised Oscar Bait

AWARD WINNER – Improvised Oscar Bait

What is an Oscar worthy film? Is it an entire cast speaking with a British accent in war-torn Paris as the encroaching Nazis begin to storm your city?  Is it crying loudly while holding your disease riddled lover, condemning God and His angels to Hell?  Is it a film about Hollywood types applauding their own greatness while being filmed in one seemingly seamless shot?  Is it just anything that happens to be directed by Steven Spielberg starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Winslet?  This is what AWARD WINNER will try to unleash and uncover!

From the grandest traditions of Schindler's List, Forrest Gump, The Reader, Birdman and The English Patient, AWARD WINNER is an improvised "Oscar Bait" movie done right before your eyes. Award Winner gathers as many Oscar film clichés from the audience as possible. From there, a three-act award winning film is created using as many of the clichés as possible. There will be laughter, tears (especially from Leonardo DiCaprio when he doesn't win... again!) and award-winning performances that make Peter O'Toole sober.

AWARD WINNER stars Bonnie Burke, Jennifer Dorsey, Brittany Flurry, Lena Long, Adam Mengesha, Heidi Penix, Lex Simpson, & Nicholaus Weindel.  Directed by Tyler Bryce and Kenny Madison.

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Tom Booker's Game Night!

Tom Booker's Game Night!

Tom Booker's Game Night!

Join Tom Booker as he host an late night show catering to those who love to play improv games! Tom will invite audience members up to play the improv games that you've seen on "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and at your finer improv venues around town.

All are invited to play regardless of your level of improv experience. And Tom Booker promises to make sure that everybody has a great time! (Just so you know, playing is encouraged but not mandatory. As with everything in Tom Booker's life, "It's okay to watch!")

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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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