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Girls Girls Girls! Presents the 2015 Jam-a-Rama

Girls Girls Girls! Presents the 2015 Jam-a-Rama

Girls Girls Girls! Presents the 2015 Jam-a-Rama

2014 B. Iden Payne Winning Girls Girls Girls! Presents the 2015 Jam-a-Rama
A weekend of musicals made up on the spot!


FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 8PM
The Knuckleball Now
Deano Jones, Ace Manning, Michael Joplin, and Craig Kotfas form this improv comedy troupe who often gets their inspiration by asking the audience for “the last text you received.”
The Known Wizards - The Merlin Works faculty forms The Known Wizards, an all-star troupe that features award-winning and internationally touring performers and live musicians.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 10PM
Newsical
One part news + One part musical + hilarious improv = NEWSICAL! The improv musical based off of a newspaper article. Fresh every night, no two shows are the same and no show is ever done twice!
Girls! Girls! Girls! Austin, Texas’s original all-female musical theater improvisation troupe creates a full-length, Broadway-esque musical from an audience suggestion.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 8PM
That Racket
combines the three great arts of improv, music, and dance into a fun and hilarious evening of entertainment.
Girls! Girls! Girls! and more Girls! Austin, Texas’s original all-female musical theater improvisation troupe with special lady guest stars!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 10PM
Simply D-VINE
An improv comedy duo from Austin, Texas featuring Deano Jones and Jason Vines. They perform unscripted, totally made-up scenes based on audience suggestions.
The Boys of Summer All Stars! – Tom Booker, Asaf Ronen, Tyler Bryce, Marc Majcher, and Jason Finkelman are former guest-stars of The Boys of Summer shows and are coming together in a testosterone-filled improvised musical that will knock your socks off!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 8PM
Open Musical Improv Jam
Join all levels of improvisers a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by Girls! Girls! Girls! Improvisers will draw numbers and will be placed randomly in groups to improvise songs, duets, and large group numbers. Scared to try it? Don’t be! It’s a casual and encouraging atmosphere where we all have fun.
*All experience levels welcomed.

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LOVEFEST

LOVEFEST

LOVEFEST

French author Françoise Sagan once said, “I have loved to the point of madness; That which is called madness, That which to me, Is the only sensible way to love.” This year's LOVEFEST embraces all the maddening beauty that is amore!

LOVEFEST is a collaboration of improvised love stories made up on the spot by the LOVECAST, musicians and poets, spinning tales from the heart. Featured acts include: THE BETTER HALF with a new twist on the Newlywed Game and Dating Game, dramatic readings of missed connections from DUMBASSES, and improvised relationships from the always delightful duo NUGEFIELD.

Directed by Clifton Highfield and starring the 2015 LoveCast Jo Chauvin, Donnie Loa, Mason Pitluck, Kenny Madison, Adam Mengesha, Andrew Schwartz, Amanda Smith, Regina Soto, and Kim Stacy.

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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).

Tickets are free, but you can guarantee a seat reservation with a $1 charge.

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.

FREE ($1 to reserve a ticket in advance) • Feb 7, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater Clubhouse, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

Note: There will be no Impromp-Two on February 1st.

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:
January 25th - Delightful (Kim Stacy & Asaf Ronen)
February 1st - NO SHOW
February 8th - Chips & Queso (Regina Soto and Matt Giles) and Musical Guest Synthestisia
February 15th - Amy is Always Right (Amy Averett and Tom Booker)
February 22nd - Squirrel Buddies (Jon Bolden and Roy Janik) & Musical Guest Tiny Cute Trio

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WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

WHITEBOARD: COMEDY IS A MESS

Improvisation, Institution style, that invites the audience to literally fill up the board with too many ideas. From there our crack team of comedy talent will tear through the list, using every part of the buffalo to inspire spontaneously generated scenes, stories and then some.

Tickets are free, but you can guarantee a seat reservation with a $1 charge.

The February 14th show will feature: Amy Averett, Tom Booker, Will Cleveland, Erica Lies, Rebecca Marsh, Asaf Ronen, Megan Venable, Eric Wallenstein

FREE ($1 to reserve a ticket in advance) • Feb 14, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

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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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, fibrant 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.   

Tickets are free, but you can guarantee a seat reservation with a $1 charge.

FREE! ($1 to reserve a ticket in advance) • Feb 21, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

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! 

Tickets are free, but you can guarantee a seat reservation with a $1 charge.

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.

FREE ($1 to reserve a ticket in advance) • Feb 28, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets