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FUCK, IT'S HOT!!! - An Austin-Centric Sketch Show

FUCK, IT'S HOT!!! - An Austin-Centric Sketch Show

FUCK, IT'S HOT!!! - An Austin-Centric Sketch Show

Do you love Austin? So do we! So much so that we’ve created another sketch show about it. But you have to admit, “Fuck, It’s Hot!”
 
The Institution Theater's highly acclaimed and outrageously original sketch show FUCK, IT'S HOT! returns again this summer with all new sketches that celebrates and skewers all things ATX.  Once again our quickly growing urban sprawl has provided our cast with endless fodder and lots of time to write in between bottles of IPA bowls of queso!
 
This new ongoing run takes you behind the scenes of Austin’s fast-growing Start Up scene, the Eastside Hipster Explosion, Austin’s sex problems, Austin’s love of lines and so much more! Celebrate the history of Austin as we take a glimpse in the future and brutal reality of this great city!
 
Directed by Tom Booker, Written by Brently Heilbron and the cast, and featuring Tyler Bryce, Bryan Curry, Tess Hermes, Lena Long, Mason Pitluk, Bryan “Lubu” Roberts, Sam Schak, and Kim Stacy. Musical accompaniment by Ryan Hill and Cynthia Ward.

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THE SOURCE

THE SOURCE

THE SOURCE

Brothers and Sisters!

Step back to the free loving, drug fueled days of the late 60’s and early 70’s as The Institution Theater presents “The Source” - an improvised love-cult-happening that harkens back to the Summer Of Love and beyond! Inspired by the hippie communal zeitgeist of back in the day this theatrical extravaganza pushes the boundaries of theater to create a joyously immersive, psychedelically explosive experience that will allow you, the audience member, to become a part of this Dionysian Family...if you so desire. If you do, you may come to know that YOU are The Source, man.
 
Conceived and directed by Audrey Rachel Sansom and featuring the artistic energies of Hanna AbuZayed, Ripley Adams, Tom Booker, Sammy Boss, Celena Diamond, KC Harvey-Taylor, Scott Hearne, Lahari Samineni, Lena Long, Marc Majcher, Jayme Ramsey, Joseph Tran and Gene Zhou.

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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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IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

IMPROMP-TWO - A Casual Duo Night

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO IMPROMP-TWO ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH

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:
August 2nd - Andrew and Jeremy Hypnotize Each Other (Andrew Schwartz & Jeremy Moran with Musical Guest Brently Heilbron.
August 9th - TBA
August 16th - TBA
August 23rd - TBA
August 30th - TBA

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THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO RUBBER ROOM ON JULY 19TH 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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HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE Improv

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.

Opening for Highly Suggestible this August will be The Knuckleball Now. Made up of some Austin's most veteran improvisors, TKN is insanely fast paced improv with quick edits, strong physicality. strong characters and an unbelievably obvious deep connection between performers. These folks are fun, smart, and ready to go full throttle.

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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! 

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.

This month's Buddy is MICHAEL JASTROCH! - Michael Jastroch writes and performs with ColdTowne, winning several awards for his improv including “Best Comedy Group 2008” in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s poll and the B. Iden Payne award for “Outstanding Improv Ensemble.” His sketch project, Lovey and Lovey, won Best of Fest at the 2005 Lone Star Sketch Festival and the 2008 Frontera Fringe Festival as well as a Critic’s Pick in the 2008 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll. Michael is the Executive Director of the ColdTowne Theater and teaches and directs sketch and improv at the ColdTowne Conservatory. Michael was nominated for best teacher at the Austin Improv Collective Awards and the group he directs, Midnight Society, was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Theater Award. Michael has directed a number of comedy improv shows, including the Victrola, Rapture the Flag and Cereal For Adults and can be seen performing with Stool Pigeon and Elevator Action. Michael has taught his improv workshops all over the country, including at the Oberlin College Improv Festival, the Gila Monster Improv Fest in Tuscon, Arizona and at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival in Chapel Hill.

$5 (FREE for Institution students) • Aug 22, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets