The Institution Theater

Making the Impossible Happen

Improv classes and off-beat theatre in Austin, TX

WEIRDSVILLE, USA

WEIRDSVILLE, USA

WEIRDSVILLE, USA

There are things out there: paranormal, extra-terrestrial, and other unexplained events. Bill Belpre is the host of Weirdsville, USA, a syndicated paranormal radio talk show that gathers the truthful eyewitness accounts of everything from alien abduction to the afterlife and back. However, Bill is at a turning point.

He's dedicated his life to finding the truth behind these phenomena, but each question answered opens the floodgate for more questions. The weight of knowing (or not knowing) so much truth has him apprehensive beyond the relief of the stress reducing supplements that sponsor his show. In a desperate attempt to calm himself, he's trying something new - Improv Comedy. He's joined in the studio by his improv troupe and local chapter of The Truth Seekers Society who will decode the unusual stories in grounded comedy scenes.

Will Cleveland (UCBComedy, Austin Sketch Fest) is a writer and comedian who has incubated a vast array of characters at The Institution Theater and booked comedy shows throughout Austin. He got his sketch writing and improv chops studying at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre from 2009 to 2014. He spent most of his time at UCB behind the scenes at UCBComedy.com as a producer and writer of short web videos.

$12 ($7 for Institution Students) • Jul 25, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr. Reserve Tickets

BREAKING BECKETT

BREAKING BECKETT

BREAKING BECKETT

Personal dramas and absurdities presented through improv & the one-act plays of Beckett.

The three brave improvisers of Breaking Beckett unleash their own personal demons and joys filtered through the lens of the great absurdist playwright. What we stand for, what knocks us down, what we fall head over heels for, and what we fall up to our neck in shit over. Through the choreography of his one-act plays, they explore it all.

“We've created such a safe, encouraging environment with this project,” says Marc Majcher, “that I feel like I can say or do anything.”

Without being too precious, and embracing all the ridiculous that comes with the real, they’ve mined their own lives to address such issues as addiction, rage, and the need to fit in.

“There is no intention to be funny,” says Ryan Hill. “It happens, but it's not intended.”

What gets delved into next will depend on the audience’s input.

“This show pushes boundaries,” says Jayme Ramsay, “and allows people to have a different theater experience.”

Produced and Directed by Bob Olmstead, starring Marc Majcher, Jayme Ramsay and Ryan Hill with live original musical accompaniment provided by Content Love Knowles.

$10 ($5 for Institution Students • Jul 25, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: BOYS OF SUMMER

What happens when some of Austin’s most respected business owners and high-tech professionals loosen their frayed t-shirt collars and flex their keyboard-weary hands? They transform into the singing, dancing Boys of Summer!

One hot Boy of Summer will guest star with Girls Girls Girls Improvised Comedy Musicals for seven Saturday night shows from July 12 through August 23. See a new side of some of Austin’s most respected men as they flex their singing and acting muscles to create Broadway-style musical comedy on the spot from an audience suggestion.

Performing at The Institution Theater, a new boy will guest star alongside Girls Girls Girls as they perform their signature format - a musical comedy created in the moment from an audience suggestion, complete with storyline, songs, and multiple characters.

And, Pick-a-Boy is back! Girls Girls Girls has saved the last show to feature a guest star selected by you, the audience! Votes have already poured in and the contenders have been narrowed down to the following: Mike Carreon, Kevin Miller, Ryan Austin, Doug Pendergras, Chuy Zarate, and Tom Booker. Come watch on July 12 as these contenders sing and dance in a showcase with the Girls for a chance to win the audience’s heart and a spot as guest star of the final show.

Show lineup:
July 12 – Pick-A-Boy Thunderdome (come vote for your favorite!)
July 19 – Clif Highfield
July 26 – Tyler Bryce
August 2 – Michael Jastroch
August 9 – Joe Parsons
August 16 – Dave Buckman
August 23 – Pick-a-Boy Audience Choice

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FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

FRESH ROASTED: High Times in Austin

Experience Austin the way it should be: live, intimate, and a little roasted.

The world of Fresh Roasted is Pee-Wee’s Playhouse with an Austin address as designed through the mind of Brandon Martin, the creative (and chronic) comic host of the on-stage coffee shop that serves as crossroads for a cross-section of eccentric "locals": militant breast-feeders, are-they-homeless or are-they hipster-regulars, and a talking coffee machine named Neil Decaf Tyson.

Stopping by will be some of Austin's finest performance artists – stand-ups, slam poets, musicians, actors, and more – to talk process and show off their stuff. Cafe Ruckus will provide free samples for the full Austin coffee shop experience.

Created by Brandon Martin. Directed by Clifton Highfield. Featuring JenRaye Adams, Mitchell Deane, Matt Giles, Lindsay Hejl, Dave Justus, Ron Morelli, Mason Pitluk, Heidi Rogers, Luke Wallens and Gene Zhou.

With Special Guests Every Week:
July 12th –
Guest performer Ryan Goldston; Musical Guest Gift featuring Fouled Out

July 19th – Stand-up Kat Ramzinski; Musical Guest Fouled Out

July 26th – Improviser Kaci Beeler; Musical Guest Mars Wright

August 2nd – Comedian Will Cleveland; Musical Guest Hillary Khumley

August 9th – Montgomery Wayne; Musical Guest Beat Bodega

August16th – Stand-up John Buseman; Musical Guest Fouled Out

August 23rd – Chris Karr; Slam Poet Keith Ruckus

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SCENARIO: Improv House Teams

SCENARIO: Improv House Teams

SCENARIO: Improv House Teams

Improv instructors Tom Booker and Ted Meredith are directing improv pieces featuring our upper classmen. First there is the THE MONOSCENE performed in one location in one act, a focused study of character and relationships. Following that is THE MOVIE which will go the other way, using the vocabulary of film to take the story anywhere and everywhere, popping the visuals as much as possible along the way.

THE MONOSCENE
Directed by Tom Booker
Featuring Eric Wallenstein, Frank Willmore, Mark Shoemaker, Megan Thornton, and Zach Leos.

THE MOVIE
Directed by Ted Meredith
Featuring Adam Mengesha, Andrew Johnston, Andrew Maniaci, Callie Sharon, Katie Ricks, and Rebecca Marsh.

$5 • Jul 27, 2014 @ 7:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr. Reserve Tickets

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE A RUBBER ROOM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH.

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, Justin Davis, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and John Ratliff, 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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SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

Longform improvisation has a long history of experimentation and the latest performer showcase at The Institution Theater is following that tradition. Some of Austin’s freshest talent will separate into teams and create Harold inspired longform improvisation. Teams will explore the discovered individual themes and characters by heightening scenes created by the other teams, and then improv wins.

Featuring Andrea Enriquez, Darren Peterson, Donna Rice, Jake Sharon, John Reed, Kevin Machate, Lex Simpson, Norman Tran, Penelope Palacios, Roanna Flowers, and Sarah Geenberg.

With special guests each week:
July 31st – THE KNUCKLEBALL NOW
Known for high energy and quick wit, these four lads radiate positive energy and a contagious fervor for life. Like a shot of adrenaline, you will feel you alive, so sit back and enjoy the ride. They have found a connection within each other that many troupes seek but seldom find. Fearless frenzy of fun. That's the Knuckleball Now: Deano Jones, Michael Joplin, Craig Kotfas and Ace Manning.

August 7th – HONEY LADIES
Honey Ladies present to you an improvised girl clique film. Through source material like Mean Girls, Heathers, and Jawbreaker, these ladies will perform a narrative based on the four archetypes found in those films. The girls you loved to hate are back. Honey Ladies is Jen Kaplan, Jeanette Jones, Nicole Oliver, Sarah Swofford, and Sam Schak.

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The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

The Better Half presents DATE NIGHT

Improv duo The Better Half (Jo Chauvin and Regina Soto) invite you to come to the stage party of the year!  The show will run the first 4 Fridays in August, at 8:00 p.m. at The Institution Theater.

Each week will feature different acts, including improv, sketch comedy, burlesque, clowning, stand-up, music, and REAL BLIND DATES ON STAGE!!!  Come every week to see new acts and new blind date awkwardness!

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BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

BATSHYT CRAZY: Live Rude Puppets

These aren’t the mamby-pamby, sweet, soft puppets your parents grew up with; this is the rude and sexy sketch comedy world of BatShyt Crazy where its felty protagonists manipulate their way through this dirty city of flesh sacks (aka humans). The puppets are finally getting an upper hand in the world after years of living hidden away in the dark mean streets of human society.

There’s Bubbles, a wide-eyed, try everything, frog who loves stripping, making out with whatever she can make out with, and going to prison. There’s Human Chris who has a particularly creepy puppet attraction issue. And Scissors, the amazingly over-the-top foul-mouthed puppet cop. Rising up from the strip clubs, the poetry slams, and messy murder crime scenes, it’ll be a hinge-jawed revolution to be remembered.

The cast includes Mike Carreon, Taylor Howe, Gene Joe, Kevin Machate, Devon Ragsdale, Megan Thornton, Cindy Ward, Adam Wories, Sandra Ybarra and Assistant Director Beth Doughty. Written and Directed by Topping Haggerty.

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