The Institution Theater

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THE NEW GUARD! Our rising stars improv showcase

THE NEW GUARD! Our rising stars improv showcase

THE NEW GUARD! Our rising stars improv showcase

BEHOLD! THE NEW GUARD!

Enjoy their Feats of Strength!
Come watch the up-and-coming stars of The Institution Theater raise your spirits over their heads by making up characters and stories right before your very eyes!

Revel in the Contest of Wits!
Witness the bravery as they charge into comedy armed only with their instincts and your suggestions.

Wonder at the Cavalcade of Laughs!
Laugh until your face hurts at the wonderful antics that they create upon the stage!

And for a special Sunday night treat, we'll give you two, that's right TWO shows, for the PRICE OF ONE! If you attend one, you get the other for FREE!

@6PM
SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED...
Directed by Sarah Marie Curry
Our students have been working on their improv tools: emotion, connection, commitment, space work, and inspiration. Their scenes will begin with silence, and grow into the discovery of the moment and the joy as the scene unfolds for them.
Featuring Alex Gonzalez, Alia Al-Yafi, Augusta Reilly, J'Lane Spence, Jack Williams, Jason Campbell, Joseph McGaughey, Kat Barry, Lucy Rose Taube, Molly Hatchell, Patsy Winnop, and Terrell Moody.

MATCH.COMEDY
Directed by Jo Chauvin.
Improvised dating videos and the quirky dates that follow.
Featuring Alice Robinson, Becky Hermida, Benjamin Carneiro, Betzy Holt, Caroline Hirko, Christopher Ward, Dillon Olsen, Garrett Putman, James Kilmury, Kay McAllister, Marie-Anne Suizzo, Richard Ward, Russell Kiebert, and Sarah Batchelor.

THE MEERKAT.
Directed by Asaf Ronen
Organic improv flowing in and out of scenarios.
Featuring Ben Howell, Deb Goldstein, John Reed, Kyle Grier, Lahari Samineni, Lena Long, Peter Haubrich, Ryan Thompson, Shana Ogg, and Theo Daley.

@8PM
SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED...
Directed by Sarah Marie Curry
Our students have been working on their improv tools: emotion, connection, commitment, space work, and inspiration. Their scenes will begin with silence, and grow into the discovery of the moment and the joy as the scene unfolds for them.
Featuring Adriana Krueger, Andrew Eaton, Chris Hatcher, Cody Herring, Craig McGreggor, Erin Nies, Josh Santo, Lance Hunter, Lark Kaskie, Lori Hobbie, and Patti Austin.

MATCH.COMEDY
Directed by Jo Chauvin.
Improvised dating videos and the quirky dates that follow.
Featuring Bonnie Burke, Braeden Gilchrist, Brandon Baca, Eric Romero, Grace Reinhold, Jeffrey Aselu, Jenny Parker, Maggie Lieser, Miles Chick, Mubariz Hayat, Nigel Lewis, Riley Davis, and Sarah Doering.

THE MEERKAT.
Directed by Asaf Ronen
Organic improv flowing in and out of scenarios.
Featuring AJ Reyes, Amanda McIntyre, Brooke Pothast, Camille Mitchell, Dana Hudec, Ethan Stites, Kelly Blume, Kenny Madison, Matt Alvarez, Maura Walsh, Phil Gelabert, and Zach Leos.

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

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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GRIMM NOIR

GRIMM NOIR

GRIMM NOIR

We all know the stories: Cinderella and her glass slipper, Jack and his magic beans, Sleeping Beauty and her curse. But what if there were a different, grittier side to those beloved tales of enchantment and adventure? Grimm Noir takes you into the dark alleys and seedy spots often edited out of the tales you were told as a child.

Combining the original tales of the Brothers Grimm with the style of Film Noir this production tells an alternate side to the stories you heard as a child. Gangsters mingle with trolls. The Witch down the lane is selling magical charms to make ends meet. All the usual characters have a twist skillfully improvised by our talented cast. Leading the way is a hardened, grizzled Private Eye who has pretty much seen it all in the land of 'enchantment', a dark, gritty place known as "The Kingdom". Each performance will present two twisted tales with no guarantee of a "Happily Ever After". Sometimes, all you can hope for is an "Ever After."

Created and Directed by Mike Kinald. Co-Director David Lampe and Starring: David Lampe, Topping Haggerty, Heidi Penix, Paul Normandin, Heidi Rogers, Ryan Hill, Tyler Lane, Luke Wallens,Leng Wong, Jo Chauvin, Sarah Hutchins, Estevan Chuy Zarate, Kevin Miller, Brad Hawkins, Claudio Fox, Emily Breedlove, Peter Rogers, Alex Ayala, Mike Kinald and Chad Wellington. Tech by Cindy Page and Lindsey McGowan.

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HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

HURLY BURLY - An Improvised Burlesque Story

The Sugarbowl Cabaret swings open its doors once more to the opulent jewel that has drawn many a man in and kept many a women's secret. But behind all the sequined glamor and lush decor is a minefield of a life.

Each week, you'll follow a different burlesque dancer through their joys and struggles, sometimes with the aid of the girls that surround them, sometimes in spite of them. And all the action will be improvised, from the full burlesque numbers where they bare their flesh to the backstage adventures where they'll bare much more. Will the footlights that make them glow onstage carry into all the other dark crevices of their lives?

The 2014 B. Iden Payne Award-Winning Hurly Burly is directed by Jayme Ramsay and Marc Majcher and featuring a stunning cast of performers including Adriane Shown, Bridget Brewer, Brook Beltane, Eureka Smoke, Halyn Erickson, Jennifer Hill, Jessie Pascarelli, Lulu LaMer, Wilhelmina Wyldehart, Chad Wellington, Caeriel Crestin, Marc Majcher, Paul Normandin, and Ryan Hill. Improvised music by Tosin Awofeso and the technical genius of Cynthia Ward and Lindsey McGowen.

There will be no show on Friday, February 20th as the cast has been invited to participate in the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater!

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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.

This month's guests:
March 1 - NO SHOW
March 8 - Miller & Lies (Erica Lies & Nat Miller) with musical guest Brently Heilbron
March 15 - Amy is Always Right (Amy Averett & Tom Booker)
March 22 - Rachel & Dave (Rachel Madorsky & Dave Buckman)
March 29 - Ball & Chain (Ruby Wilmann & Troy Miller) with musical guest Brently Heilbron

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WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

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.

The March 14th show will feature: Sarah Marie Curry, Courtney Hopkin, Jordan Maxwell, Asaf Ronen, Kim Stacy, Jason Vines, Luke Wallens with improvised musical accompaniment from Content Love Knowles.

PLUS, THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL PREMIERE of The Jukebox Musical Project whose mission is to create one-night only productions of unlikely fifteen-minute musicals set to the songbook of an unexpected artist. This month, the songs of SMASHING PUMPKINS will be featured against the backdrop of the Black Plague. Written by Courtney Hopkin. Directed by Asaf Ronen. With music arranged by Content Love Knowles and Lindsey McGowen.

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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.

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