Shows. Events. & Happenings.
Here’s whats currently going on at TUST
Bring Back the ’90s FIRST ANNIVERSARY SHOW!
Saturday, July 8th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
As everyone knows*, paper is the traditional one-year anniversary gift for wedded folks. And being on an Improv team is sort of like being married. Sickness, health, better, worse, yes, and.
So we want to give a hometown shoutout to our friends from Bring Back the ‘90s for their one-year anniversary of being Improv-married, as well as give them a year-one-celebration of their ability to cram an entire decade worth of fun into one evening.
Oh, the ‘90s: 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-ier magic of improv. It’ll be bigger than Zach Morris’ cell phone!
*We did not know this. We Googled it.
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
- LJ Barber
- John Carroll
- Krystal Ramseur
- and DJ Lazzeroni
Laffrican Americans and VI Lenin
featuring the Return of Nick Murawski!
Friday, May 19th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
When VI Lenin first started playing their monthly shows at The Unified Scene Theater, they were a trio: three talented improvisors who took their time to play slow, patient, Chicago-style improv that always resulted in brilliant “how-the-hell-did-they-do-that” reactions from the audience. Well, Chicago-born Nick Murawski must have missed it too much, because a few months ago he went back to the city of the big shoulders a few months ago. But he’s back in town this month, and rejoining his troupe-mates Rich Nyman and Joe Uchno, neither of whom have missed a step, for some genius-level improv. They’ll be joined by the Laffrican Americans, who’s chemistry and talent have found them really hitting their stride as one of the most in-demand improv troupes in the area. Show up! Your Feature Troupe: Laffrican Americans: With more swagger than Mick Jagger and more braun than the Teflon Don, the Laffrican Americans have those wack improv troupes on the run. Inspired by the comedic styles of “In Living Color” and “The Chappelle Show,” Laffrican Americans brings their signature form of improv to the stage. Weaving together shades of hip-hop, current events, World Star videos, and Kanye rants, Laffrican Americans create an incredible tapestry of wild scenes while remaining grounded. Think “Dave Chappelle-meets-improv” as Laffrican Americans’ brand of comedy is sure to leave you forever questioning your values. The Laffrican Americans are:
- Hank MacDonald
- Tok Moffat
- David Thornhill Jr.
- Allan Sidley
Your Headliners: VI Lenin VI Lenin (Rich Nyman, Joe Uchno, and yeah, NICK MURAWSKI) 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.
Bring Back the ’90s
Saturday, May 20th, 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 Katie Ozog Rob Miller Erica Johnson Patrick Murray Martin Steger
Christian Science Theater & These Three Things
The Return of Yulia Malamud
Friday, May 26th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
These Three Things began as the brainchild of three talented improvisors: Jamal Newman, Reeves McElveen, and Yulia Malamud. But Yulia decided to pursue fame and fortune and moved out West. Bryan Jackson stepped in to fill the spot but the *he* decided to go pursue fame and fortune in NYC. Well, guess what: Yulia’s back in town, and here to reclaim her throne. Yeah, These Three Things kind of a revolving door, but, like, if that door were made of awesome hilarious improv talent. They’ll be joined this evening by Christian Science Theater, who are hoping fame and fortune find them, since leaving to go find it seems way, way too hard.
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 Headliner Troupe:
These Three Things
These Three Things 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! These Three Things are:
- Reaves McElveen
- Yulia Malamud
- Jamal Newman
Show starts 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
An Evening With The Unified Sing
Saturday, June 3rd, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
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
- Caroline Yates
- James Freeman
- Shawn Westfall
- Mickey Daniel, accompanist
*We make no promises.
Table for One and Request for Protest
Friday, June 9th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
A few years ago a business/leadership book came out entitled something like “Never Eat Alone.” Seems a little dated, doesn’t it? You walk into any restaurant or coffee shop these days and that’s practically all you see — people technically “alone,” but not technologically: they’re connected to the internet, from 45 to various cats belonging to compete strangers. It’s a great time to be alive, isn’t it?
Table for One, which formed out of our classes here at The Unified Scene Theater, is here to humorously remind us that sometimes you need a table just for yourself so you can sit down and sort some crap out. And enjoy your meal without being pressured to respond to horrible internet trolls or “Game of Thrones” meme that one weird dude from high school posted on your wall to get your attention. What’s with that guy, anyway? Why hasn’t he ever moved out of his mom’s basement? They’ll be joined by Request for Protest, one of The Unified Scene Theater’s brilliantly funny House Teams, members of which include a bunch of weird dudes who never moved out of their mom’s basements.
By the way, both troupes are, on average, extraordinarily tall. Were they all to get together, they’d form a super-race of tall, funny overlords. So that might happen. Show up and see …
Your Feature Troupe: Table for One
We all met in the most recent Harold Class at The Unified Scene Theater, did a graduation show that rocked, and now we’re a team. Like love in your average Hollywood RomCom, it can happen that fast! We are:
- Scott Hulsey
- Neil Satchey
- Goli Samimi
- Mark Vingua
- John Quinn
- Kathy Baird Westfall
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, ShawnMiakel(s) in CoHi (Studio 1469), Improvapalooza (Source Theater), and DC Arts Center. RFP is coached by Shawn Westfall.
Request for Protest is:
- Mary Canter
- Brandon McTavish
- Chris Rampolla
- Scott Hoppman
- Pat Bragan
- Emily Markle
Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Doors at 8:00 p.m.
Burgos/McElveen and The Female Accent
John Carroll’s Final Show
Friday, June 16th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
John Carroll has been a godsend to DC’s improv scene. But, like a lot of talent that gets cultivated in DC, he’s taking off for the West coast. Let’s give him and the rest of The Female Accent a good sendoff as they tearfully wave goodbye to him as if its finale of multi-season NBC sitcom. But, while you’re there, welcome a new duo to DC’s duo-ridden improv scene: Michael Burgos and Reaves McElveen, who are just downright amazing together — and they should be, because, well they’ve known each other for years. Your Feature Troupe: Burgos/McElveen Michael Burgos. Reaves McElveen. They met us undergraduates at George Mason University as part of the now hallowed Mason Improv Association, and have continued to forge comedic genius. One of them’s a real clown, though. No, like, really: he went to a hoity-toity clown school in France, taught by, like, one of the most legendary teachers of that form, and informed and enhanced his brilliance. The other is legendary in his aversion to social media. You can try to guess which one’s which. But then you’ll be missing an amazing show. Your Headliner Troupe: The Female Accent Based on your suggestion, The Female Accent creates a world full of voices that you’ll want to explore. By the end of the night, you’ll know these characters and their backgrounds better than some of your closest friends — not that you’ll want to be friends with all of them. The Female Accent is a longform improv comedy team performing in and around Washington, DC since 2014. The Female Accent is:
- John Carrroll (his final TFA show!)
- Jenna Hall
- Thomas Harris
- Alex Kazanas
- David Lapkoff
- James MacIndoe
- Renan Snowden
- Ross Townsend
Show starts 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
The Artless Bards and VI Lenin
Saturday, June 24th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
There are some scholars who believe that the revolutionary ideas of Lenin had their roots in his reading of great literature, specifically Shakespeare, whose history plays, tragedies, and comedies detail how frequently the lower-caste characters got the better of their upper-caste ones. We’re putting that theory to the test, improvisationally speaking, combining The Unified Scene troupe The Artless Bards, who will improvise a Shakespearean structure, with our House Troupe VI Lenin, whose improvised brilliance will no doubt update and make reference to that which came before. Show up to see history made right before your eyes.
Your Feature Troupe: 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 Headliners: 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 p.m. Doors at 8:00 p.m