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NIXON and Christian Science Theater

$15.

Friday, October 13th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Richard Nixon never claimed to be religious. Even though he often consulted Rev. Billy Graham, we don’t know whether or not he believed in the great big bearded sky-daddy. He once called his fellow Americans “shits,” so you do the math on that. We’re throwing caution to the wind and combining the talents of Indie-scene darlings NIXON with Christian Science Theater, an improv troupe that is neither theater, nor Christian, nor in any way scientific. Discuss.

Your Feature Troupe: Christian Science Theater:

I know what you’re thinking: “we get it: one’s a Christian, one’s a scientist, and one, was, like, in the theater, right?” Matt Roland, Shawn Westfall, and Brandon McTavish would love for you to think that they put that much thought into the troupe name. But they didn’t: It just kinda sounded cool. If you want, you could think of it as kind of combination of left-brained, right-brained performance art. But even that is kinda pretentious for what they do: take a suggestion, start parsing their respective multiple neuroses, and then improvise scenes about it. Tons of laughter.

Your Headlining Troupe: NIXON

NIXON — Reaves McElveen, Jamal Newman, Annie Barry — will take you on a fast paced high octane long form improv comedy journey through anything and everything you can imagine. These three veteran improvisers have performed improv, stand up, and sketch for sold out crowds all across the DC area. Come see them join forces to create improv gold!

Show starts at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm)

Bring Back The 90’s

$15.

Saturday, October 14th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Someone once warned us against thinking in terms of decades, because they aren’t really that definitive or all-encompassing when it comes to summarizing an era. But you know? To hell with that dude. For instance, the ’90s! Who doesn’t love them? A Clinton in the White House! Zach and Slater were still at Bayside! P Diddy was still Puffy. Those were the days, right? Well, no need to simply reminisce: the cast of Bring Back the ’90s will make them reappear right before your eyes, via the magic of technology (they’ll broadcast music videos from that decade) and the even magic-er magic of improv. It’ll be bigger than Zach Morris’ cell phone!

Your Feature Troupe: Bring Back the ’90s

The ’90s were a great time for pop culture, fashion, and of course… music videos! Bring Back the 90s is an improv show based on the most memorable 90s music videos. The audience will get to choose which music videos to watch. The cast will use the images and lyrics from those videos to create hilarious, and off-the-charts scenes.

Bring Back The ’90s is: 

  • Erick Acuña
  • Elaine Colwell
  • Ginnie Seger
  • Rob Miller
  • David Arrojo
  • Kaelan Sullivan
  • DJ:Andrew Dickinson
Show starts at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

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Request for Protest and Where’s My Ukulele

$15.

Friday, October 20th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Tonight features two troupes who are direct products of The Unified Scene Theater’s classes and coaching systems, three amazing troupes (including one musical improv troupe) guaranteed to show you how it’s done, and done proper: Where’s My Ukulele? and our House Troupe Request for Protest.

Your Feature Troupe: Where’s My Ukulele?

Formed out of Unified Scene Theater short form improv classes, Where’s My Ukelele (Mike Taylor, William Kuduk, Liz Crowther, Sachin Kandari, Kelsey Flora, Tasha Prados, and Diane Killion) fuses soft-rock musical stylings with the classic Harold improv format to deliver a musical experience heretofore unknown to the entire galaxy. They started in Spring 2017 and are based out of Eckington, DC.

Your Headlining Troupe: Request for Protest:

Character-driven and full of quirk, RFP shows are like a string of feral ponies high-stepping across the not-so-nice-end of the beach: a little unruly and a lot of fun, even with the strong likelihood of strolling over a used syringe. Since meeting in a DC Improv class in the winter of ’15, RFP has been honored to play on several of the District’s mainstay comedy stages including: The Unified Scene Theater, DC Improv, ShawnMikael(s) in CoHi (Studio 1469), Improvapalooza (Source Theater), and DC Arts Center. RFP is coached by Shawn Westfall.

Request for Protest is:

  • Brandon McTavish
  • Pat Bragan
  • Emily Markle

 

Show starts at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

VI Lenin and Christian Science Theater

$15.

Saturday, October 21st, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Marx said that “religion is the opiate of the masses!” (exclamation point in original). Lenin, who essentially was a walking-talking copy of Das Kapital, agreed. If we read that correctly, it basically means that you’ll be addicted to this show, which features The Unified Scene Theater mainstays Christian Science Theater and our House Troupe VI Lenin. Comedy fans of the world, unite!

Your Feature Troupe: Christian Science Theater:

I know what you’re thinking: “we get it: one’s a Christian, one’s a scientist, and one, was, like, in the theater, right?” Matt Roland, Shawn Westfall, and Brandon McTavish would love for you to think that they put that much thought into the troupe name. But they didn’t: It just kinda sounded cool. If you want, you could think of it as kind of combination of left-brained, right-brained performance art. But even that is kinda pretentious for what they do: take a suggestion, start parsing their respective multiple neuroses, and then improvise scenes about it. Tons of laughter.

Your Headlining Troupe: VI Lenin

VI Lenin VI Lenin (Rich Nyman, Joe Uchno) explores the world and characters around us just as soon as we figure out what they are, sometimes before. Rooted in discovery and patient scenework, each Lenin show will take a different form. We follow whatever discovery is most interesting and see where that takes us. Come along for the ride. We’re going to have a good time together.

Show starts at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm)

The Artless Bards and The Unified Sing

(Mickey’s Last Show)

$15.

Friday, October 27th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Tonight we’re featuring two of our theater’s premiere troupes, The Artless Bards (an improvised Shakepeare structure) and The Unified Sing (an improvised musical structure). All the theatrical culture you could ever want in one evening. Get a year’s worth in one sitting. Also — and, yeah, we’ve been avoiding saying it — it’s our accompanist and musical director Mickey Daniels last show. We’re just a little upset — WHY MICKEY WHY?!?!?!?!? — so come watch us wail and gnash our teeth in despair. Painful for us, but, yeah, fun for you, right? Show up.

Your Feature Troupe: The Artless Bards

The Artless Bards: An Improvised Shakespeare Show

For thy entertainment this eve: The Artless Bards, a rascally troupe of scapegraces and dunderpates mangle, confusticate, and otherwise bedevil the memory of the Bard. What will spin faster? Their tongues as they spin a fantastical tale, or the Bard’s corpse as his life’s work is profaned for your pleasure!?

 Your Headlining Troupe: The Unified Sing

We, The Unified Scene Theater, are proud once again to feature our new improvised musical troupe, The Unified Sing. Taking a suggestion from the audience, The Unified Sing will devise a musical right before your very eyes, a musical in which everything is completely made-up on the spot (yes, everything: the scenes, the songs, the melodies, the lyrics — everything). Show up and get a little (improvised) Broadway on the Potomac as The Unified Sing shows you what 42nd Street might look like with a little (read: a lot!) of artistic license.

Come for the show-stopping dance numbers*, and the showgirls*, stay for the catharsis*.

The Unified Sing is:

  • Julie Tice
  • James Freeman
  • Shawn Westfall

 

Mickey Daniel, accompanist (HIS LAST SHOW DAMN IT!!!)

Show starts at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm)

Bring Back The 90’s

$15.

Friday, November 3rd, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Someone once warned us against thinking in terms of decades, because they aren’t really that definitive or all-encompassing when it comes to summarizing an era. But you know? To hell with that dude. For instance, the ’90s! Who doesn’t love them? A Clinton in the White House! Zach and Slater were still at Bayside! P Diddy was still Puffy. Those were the days, right? Well, no need to simply reminisce: the cast of Bring Back the ’90s will make them reappear right before your eyes, via the magic of technology (they’ll broadcast music videos from that decade) and the even magic-er magic of improv. It’ll be bigger than Zach Morris’ cell phone!

Your Feature Troupe: Bring Back the ’90s

The ’90s were a great time for pop culture, fashion, and of course… music videos! Bring Back the 90s is an improv show based on the most memorable 90s music videos. The audience will get to choose which music videos to watch. The cast will use the images and lyrics from those videos to create hilarious, and off-the-charts scenes.

Bring Back The ’90s is:

  • Erick Acuña
  • Ginnie Seger
  • Elaine Colwell
  • Rob Miller
  • Kelsey Peters
  • Nina Hsu
  • Shawn Westfall
  • and DJ Martin Steger (Hucklebery Spinn)

Show starts at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

From Rage To Stage: A Unified Scene Theater Main-Stage Performance

$10.

Saturday, November 11th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

They’ve been working and studying and making crap up for the last seven weeks. And now they’re going to make crap up live in front of you…
They’ve got a rage for improv: and they signed up for a class, began collaborating and building chemistry, have formed two troupes, and are ready to take the mainstage as a The Unified Scene Theater mainstage show.
Join us this evening, Saturday, November 11th as the most recent graduates of our Rage-To-Stage class makes their mainstage debut, applying what they’ve learned in the previous eight weeks in a fun, hilarious evening of long-form improv structures. The show will go about an hour, and afterward we’ll retire to a (very) nearby bar to toast their success. Laughter and fun guaranteed!
Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Free Improv Workshop

Free

Sunday, October 22nd, 1-3 pm

Ever thought “Hey, this improv crap looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater on Sunday, October 22nd, from 1-3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at info@unifiedscenetheater.com and say, “yeah, what the hell, I’m coming.”     (or just click the I’m Coming! button)

Instructor: Shawn Westfall

Prerequisites: A Pulse.

Free Improv Workshop

Free

Sunday, November 19th, 1-3 pm

Ever thought “Hey, this improv crap looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater on Sunday, November 19th, from 1-3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at info@unifiedscenetheater.com and say, “yeah, what the hell, I’m coming.”     (or just click the I’m Coming! button)

Instructor: Shawn Westfall

Prerequisites: A Pulse.

Free Improv Workshop

Free

Sunday, December 17th, 1-3 pm

Ever thought “Hey, this improv crap looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater on Sunday, December 17th from 1-3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at info@unifiedscenetheater.com and say, “yeah, what the hell, I’m coming.”     (or just click the I’m Coming! button)

Instructor: Shawn Westfall

Prerequisites: A Pulse.