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FRAGILE ROCK - The World's First Emo Puppet Band

FRAGILE ROCK -  The World's First Emo Puppet Band

FRAGILE ROCK - The World's First Emo Puppet Band

Visit with Fragile Rock, Austin's own emo rock puppet band, where everything is very real and very felt. Let's hope they get through the concert of their life (and mandatory public band therapy sessions) without breaking up mid-show again.

Fragile Rock satirizes the inner turmoil of a band an inch from stardom with no strings attached. All archetypes are featured: Milo S. the tortured ego-fueled lead singer. Bassist and former girlfriend Nic Hole, wild drummer Coco Bangs, rich decadent backup singers The Cocteau Triplets, and sweet founding member of the band and "auditioning guitarist" Kyle, just trying to keep it all together. Add to that the skeevy band therapist Dr. Landy to keep them from imploding and you have the concert experience that is Fragile Rock.

See their debut video, I AM SAD (SO AM I) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDbkANrP-H8!

Written by Brently Heilbron with Bryan Curry, Ryan Hill, Taylor Howe, Jayme Ramsay, Devon Ragsdale, Bryan "Lubu" Roberts, Chadwick Smith, Kim Stacy, Megan Thornton, Cynthia Ward. Band stylist: Emily Cawood and puppet master: Shaun Branigan. Videos directed by Jessica Gardner.

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YOU CAN'T STAY HERE

YOU CAN'T STAY HERE

YOU CAN'T STAY HERE

Two in the morning. Closing time. You and your friends might want the night to go on forever, but be warned: it's different this late. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, the everyday becomes alien. The city you know becomes a different animal entirely.

YOU CAN'T STAY HERE is an improvised play that shows you the misadventures of a group of friends caught out way too late. They will face challenges unknown in waking hours and face obstacles unknown in the light of the sun. Friendships will crack and fray, courage will be tested, and danger will follow our heroes as they battle the night. Best get moving. Who knows what lays ahead?

Directed by Brad Hawkins and featuring Ceej Allen, Alex Ayala, Andreas Fabis, Donnie Garcia, Clint Harris, Margaret Rose Hunsicker, Cagney Ortiz, Jessy Schwartz, Letty Tomlinson, and Dana Yanoshak, with technical direction by Cortney DeAngelo, and live, improvised musical score by Tosin Awofeso.

Come for the pre-show when doors open at 9pm for TOM'S PLACE, the Institution's own "neighborhood bar" where you can hang out with the locals and test your brain with a good old-fashioned trivia quiz!

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MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

Boring weekend? Not anymore…

Regina Soto returns to The Institution Theater stage as host of this stand-up showdown.

“Mouthing Off: Stand-Up or Shut Up” invites comedians from around Austin to bring their unique blend of hilarious and entertaining antics to center stage. Armed only with a microphone and their wit, these comedians will have to Stand-up or Shut up.

Featuring:
Paul Ramone Weiner
Jackie Skinner
R Lance Hunter
Luke Wallens
Andrea J. Enriquez
Sandra Ybarra
Rebecca Westerkom
Brandon Martin
Alex Thompson
Kim Stacy

$5 • May 30, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

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.

Upcoming guests:
May 31st - JK (Jillian Summar & Kate Doran) with music by the Laylas
June 7th
- Ratliff & Jackson (John Ratliff & Lisa Jackson) with musical guest Brently Heilbron
June 14th - Skeeter & Sweaty (Jason Vines & Mike Kinald)
June 21st - NO SHOW
June 28th - Dumbasses (Marcus Hysmith & Luis Salinas) with musical guest Acapella Trio

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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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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.

$5 (FREE for Institution students) • Jun 6, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater Clubhouse, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

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.

This month's cast will feature: Cat Drago, Sarah Marie Curry, Courtney Hopkin, Jon Bolden, Kareem Badr, Michael Ferstenfeld, Adam Mengesha, and Matt Needles with magical musical accompaniment by Content Knowles and Bryan Curry!

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WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

WHITEBOARD: Fast-paced heavily audience-inspired improv.

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.

June's cast will feature: Cené Hale, Erica Lies, Heidi Rogers, Asaf Ronen and more.

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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! 

June's guest is KENNY MADISON, who was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and went to school in Norman, Oklahoma, which logically places him in Austin, TX. Much to your surprise, he started improv in Oklahoma in 2008, where he was a player, then a coach, then an artistic director, then a friend. Since moving to Austin, Kenny has done regular shows at the Institution, Hideout, and ColdTowne Theaters, ranging from Junior Cast Member to Show Director. Most of all, Kenny wants you to realize that you need to accept how great you are and know that everything you're doing is correct.

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.

$5 (FREE for Institution students) • Jun 27, 2015 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets