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COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

The members of COMEDY DANCE CAMP don’t play well with others! This sarcastic and irreverent sketch show centers around some hilariously inconsiderate characters that are ready to change the world, for better or for worse!

Meet COMEDY DANCE CAMPers like the gun-toting Armed Fetus who fights for his right to not be aborted, and Idiom Guy, a Russian whose quirky sayings don’t exactly work in America. See Uncle God try and have a heart-to-heart with his estranged son, Jesus, and watch the exciting adventures of Dead Hooker who, you know, is dead.

Written and performed by the disturbed minds of The Institution Theater Improvisors Clint Harris, Scott Hearne, Sydney Huddleston, Kristen Kurtis, Brandon Martin, Ted Meredith, Ron Morelli, Callie Sharon, and Joseph Tran Directed by Ted Meredith.

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IMPROV ANONYMOUS

IMPROV ANONYMOUS

IMPROV ANONYMOUS

Come in. Take a seat. Let’s talk.

Improv Anonymous explores the hidden world of shame and how we mere mortals deal with it. Using Interview and Improv as both windows in to and methods for illumination of the dark recesses of our guests’ past humiliation, mortification, and embarrassment, our host, Paul Normandin, together with our live audience, Improv Anonymous will shine some tender light on our guests past discomfort and offer support and hope while finding understanding and unexpected humor.

Director, Kenny Madison, is an Improv actor with over six years of performance and two years of therapy. Kenny knows shame and seeks to challenge our understanding of it pulling from his personal experience in a twelve-step program related to relationships and addiction as well as the influences of comedians like Jimmy Carrane, Paul Gilmartin, and Tig Notaro, who demonstrate the power of melding a comedic tone to serious discussions.

Host, Paul Normandin is the founder of the Improv troupe In Our Prime, a troupe that focuses on real human relationships without fear of the dark places our hearts and minds. Paul has lived a life supporting a close family member with a severe mental illness and is no stranger to the feelings of failure, shame, and stigma associated with a life well examined. Paul is a frequent performer at Austin No Shame Theater where he tells true stories without fear. (Okay, maybe a little fear.)

Our first guest, Gloria Rabil Bankler, is a filmmaker, writer, director, actress, and novelist. For all her successes, Gloria remains challenged by shame. As you meet Gloria and get a glimpse of her personal struggles, you will find a person filled with hope and love. Join us as we peek behind the curtain to discover Gloria, the multidimensional artist, mother, wife, church member and all too human friend.

FREE • Nov 28, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

From DYSTHEATRE comes a mind-bending bonanza exploring time travel though music, art, comedy and theater! The temporal sciences will be presented through true stories and comedic farce, improvised radio shows and theatrical romance. Featuring the best and most daring of Austin's performers.

See musical group NIGHT VIKING manipulate the audio and visual dimensions of time and space, while RED GALACTIC SHIFTS explore the tragedy of lovers torn apart by time.  LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE will make you laugh as 1960s talk show host Teddy Hancox interviews famous characters from throughout the ages, such as Marlon Brando, Anne Frank and Beethoven, and FLAPPER MOM will have a roaring good time in a 1920s version of Heaven while trying to help her daughter still down on a Future Earth!

Other featured acts include stories from INDIGO RAEL, scenes from PENFOLD THEATER, improvised radio from DOCTOR WHO THEATER, a tribute from LUCKYCHAOS THEATRE, improv from PAST LIFE AGGRESSION, a travelogue from SLAPPY PINCHBOTTOM and many, many more!

$12 (only $7 for Institution Students) • Nov 29, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

Austin Christmases are the furthest thing from the Norman Rockwell tradition and we wouldn't have it any other way. That's the inspiration behind FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS, an evening of Yuletide sketches with a Bat City twist brought to you by the holly jolly folks of The Institution Theater.

FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS will look at the holidays through the lens that only other Austinites will understand: Are the three-hour cattle-like lines for the Trail of Lights worth ruining your relationship over? Do you really need vinyl ashtrays and cat hair art or are we just being caught in the competitive crossfire of The Armadillo Craft Bazaar? Why does The Soup Peddler exist as a thing all year round?

Take a seat on the ACC Santa’s lap, a regretful ride in a Uber cab and a foolish dive with the polar bear swimmers at Barton Springs, and attend the competitive crafting world of the Armadillo Bazaar deep in the heart of Texas.

What the show lacks in treacly sentimentality it more than makes up for in holiday balls. John Aielli, Leslie the Gender-Fluid Christmas Angel and a rousing chorus of "God Rest Ye Hairy Feminists" awaits.

Written by Brently Heilbron. Directed by Tom Booker. Featuring Mike Carreon, Duncan Coe, Bryan Curry, Claudio Fox, Bryan Roberts, Sam Schak, Kim Stacy, Sarah Swofford, and Elena Weinberg.

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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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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.

Featuring Tom Booker , Mike Carreon, Megan Flynn, Clifton Highfield, Asaf Ronen, Sam Schak, Regina Soto, Kim Stacy, and Wyatt Tall.

FREE • Dec 5, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

A VERY MERRY MUSICAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL with Girls Girls Girls

A VERY MERRY MUSICAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL with Girls Girls Girls

A VERY MERRY MUSICAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL with Girls Girls Girls

Girls Girls Girls Bring the Ho Ho Ho.

Dash to The Institution Theater in your one-horse open sleigh with Girls, Girls, Girls Improvised Musicals this Holiday Season! Celebrate the splendor and pageantry of the Christmas season with songs made up on the spot, replacing your merry mistletoe with melody and jingle bells with jazz hands!

B. Iden Payne Award Winning Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals present: A Very Merry Musical Christmas Special. For one magical night, the cast will reminisce and improvise personal stories from the ghosts of their very own christmas pasts! The Girls will show you heart and hilarity as they sing and play the night away, in this improvised holiday romp.

The cast includes Aden Kirschner, Amy Averett, Caitlin Sweetlamb, Cynthia Oelkers, Kimberly Cox, Megan Flynn, Sarah Marie Curry and Shana Merlin with musician Ammon Taylor.

$10 ($5 for Institution Students) • Dec 6, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

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:
Kat Albert
Heather Burnett
Ben Carneiro
Marley Cullers
Sarah Rah Farnsworth
Brad Hawkins
Reid London
Kana Shae
Luke Wallens
Frank Willmore

$5 • Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

THE LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SPECTACULAR

THE LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SPECTACULAR

THE LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SPECTACULAR

Teddy, Tildy, and Bud are back for a Christmas Special Spectacular so special and so spectacular that we have to do it twice! Join the Late Night Time Machine gang as we celebrate the holiest of holidays, the season of giving, and a damn good excuse to get drunk and get presents. Martha Stewart and Paula Deen, Anne Frank, and Jesus of Nazareth will all stop by the set to sit down with the one and only Teddy Hancox in what can only be described as a heart-warming, wholesome, and borderline blasphemous good time.

There will be plenty of special surprises along the way, including a couple from dear friends of the show David Lynch and Marlon Brando, stand up from mid-90's Christian comedienne LeAnn Walker, original music, and more! Tickets will sell fast, so get yours now before it's too late to get one without a time machine of your own!

The Late Night Time Machine Christmas Special Spectacular stars James C. Leary, Sydney Huddleston, Mike Carreon, Callie Sharon, Rebecca Marsh, Alex Ayala, Justin Davidson, Ceej Allen, Mike Kinald, Tess Hermes, and Mason Pitluk. Technical direction by Mark Shoemaker. Written and produced by Tess Hermes and Mason Pitluk. Directed by Mason Pitluk.

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That Racket! Holiday Pageant Spectacular!

That Racket! Holiday Pageant Spectacular!

That Racket! Holiday Pageant Spectacular!

Ring the bells and pour the wassail! It’s time for a classic winter tradition: the annual holiday pageant. That Racket! brings the warmth and light of the winter festivities you love to a holiday you’ve never heard of.

Gather round to hear the greatest story never told before as That Racket! shows you THEIR reason for the season. Carols that have never been sung! Readings that have never been read! Traditions that have never been tradished! Everything is made up on the spot, including the holiday.

That Racket! features Ella Gale, Dave Ronn, Mitch Mills, Amy Lowrey, Linzy Beltran, Stephanie Chiarello, Michael O’Connor, and Kevin Smith, with special guest Tosin Awofeso. Don’t miss this one-night-only event!

$10 ($5 for Institution Students) • Dec 13, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

Christmas at the Cozy Mountain Inn

Christmas at the Cozy Mountain Inn

Christmas at the Cozy Mountain Inn

It’s Christmas at the Cozy Mountain Inn! A looming foreclosure threatens to turn the Cozy crew’s holiday joy into lumps of coal. Can proprietors/sisters Joan and Chrissy Vandergrove, receptionist/handywoman Bernadette “Shooter” Cooter, and housekeeper Connie Flowers find a way to save the Inn before it’s too late?

You are cordially invited to the live auction of the foreclosed upon Cozy Mountain Inn. Watch as town banker Mitt Wentwolf, III attempts to run a respectable, quiet auction of the property and its assets, while Joan and Chrissy do everything they can to thwart his plans. Will Shooter burn the inn down for the insurance money? Will Connie Flowers be able to rid the Cozy of the grime of years of debt and frivolous spending? It’s the time of year for miracles and the Cozy Mountain Inn is holding out for a the greatest one of all!

Story developed and performed by The Snowbelles: Callie Sharon, Kim Stacy, Rebecca Marsh, and Regina Soto. Directed by Will Cleveland. Featuring Amanda Smith, Andrew Johnston, Andrew Maniaci, Brandon Martin, Dave Justus, Janaye Alexander, Jo Chauvin, Kenny Madison, Luke Wallens, Mason Pitluk, Ron Morelli, Wyatt Tall, and Zach Leos. Original music by Craig Koftas.

$10 ($5 for Institution Students) • Dec 20, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets