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Sun, December 17th

Where’s My Ukulele, NIXON, and VI Lenin

$15.

Friday, November 17th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Three Troupes! A musical improv troupe; a fast-paced high-octane troupe; and a patient duo comprised of two talents commonly called “improvisor’s improvisors.” Where’s My Ukulele?, NIXON, and VI Lenin. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better lineup of talent this evening. Show up.

Your Opening 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, 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 Feature 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!

Your Headlining Troupe: 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 at 8 pm)

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.

Fade to Black & The Unified Sing

$15.

Saturday, November 25th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

 

One of the most famous stage directions in theatrical history: “exeunt, pursued by a bear…” from Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” One of the famous shots in movie history: Cary Grant being chased by a biplane in “North By Northwest.” You won’t get anything as iconic in tonight’s show featuring The Artless Bards (An Improvised Shakespeare Structure) and Fade To Black (An Improvised Movie), but you will have fun and laugh watching them make up cinema and Shakespeare on the spot, based on your suggestions. What light through yonder window breaks? We think it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Show up.

Your Feature Troupe: Fade To Black: An Improvised Movie

Bring your popcorn. Add butter. From start to finish, this long-form team from up the road in Charm City improvises a movie that’s never been seen before, complete with director’s choices from close ups, rack focus, fade-in, fade-out, overhead shots — again, all made up on the spot.

Fade To Black: 

Rasheed Green
Alan McCombs
Kristen McKenzie
Annie Powell 
Nate Tyson 
Harold Young

Your Headlining 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!?

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

Gravid Watto and NIXON

$15.

Friday, December 8th, 8:30 pm

The ’70s, man! What a decade. It gave us two of most recognizable touchstones in political/cultural: Watergate and Star Wars. Well, this evening we’re bringing the ’70s back, improv style. Debuting this evening will a brand new format, called Gravid Watto, based on a popular improv format in NYC called Gravid Water, which combines some of Broadway’s most gifted talents reciting lines from shows they’re performing with improvisors who, well, aren’t. The Unified Scene Theater’s version combines Star Wars geeks — those who know the movies the way Yoda knew anger leads to the dark side and who will ensure every line of their dialogue comes from the movie — with those who have yet to be touched by The Force, who wouldn’t know the Kessel Run from the parsecs required to complete it. Hilarity ensues, of course. They’ll be joined on the bill by NIXON, whose chemistry is so good that you’d wish that President Nixon himself had it when it came to dealing, oh, you know, his administration, the rule of law, and the country in general. Keep on Truckin’ over to our theater and have a blast!

Your Feature Troupe: Gravid Watto

One one side: Improvisors who can recite scenes from the Star Wars films word-for-word. On the other side: Improvisors who haven’t the foggiest about the classic space opera series. What follows is a show lovingly inspired by Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water, transforming Star Wars scenes into something this galaxy has yet to experience. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, it’s more than enough entertainment for you to shake a lightsaber at!

“Star Wars” Geeks: 

  • Alex Kazanas
  • Ryan Krull
  • Ginnie Seger
  • Liz Sanders
  • Ryan Brookshire

 

Non-“Star Wars” Geeks: 

  • Eva Lewis
  • Dana Malone
  • Adam Fishbein
  • Molly Graham

 

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 at 8 pm)

Where’s My Ukulele? & Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debates

$15.

Saturday, December 9th (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Musical improv. High-minded, spirited, intellectual — and improvised — debate on a topic of your choosing: The Unified Scene Theater combines both this evening as we once again feature the musical improv troupe Where’s My Ukulele? (a troupe that formed out of our classes here at our theater) with Frenemies: The Buckley-Gore Debates, in which two improvisors play figures from recent political history debating any topic of your choosing. Chaos and laughter will definitely ensue. Show up.

Your Opening 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, 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: Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debates

During the 1968 Republican Convention, conservative commentator William F. Buckley and novelist and progressive public raconteur Gore Vidal agreed to take part in a series of live television debates throughout ABC’s coverage, a series of debates that eventually descended into venomous spirited name-calling and threats of violence: live, on camera, Vidal called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi,” and Buckley responded by calling Vidal a “little queer” and then threatening to punch Vidal in his “goddamned face” whereupon he would “stay plastered.”

We at The Unified Scene Theater can think of no better time than the present to resurrect the spirits of these two esteemed men, as well as the rhetorical tone they both took when engaging intellectually. Taking various and decidedly non-political subjects throughout the show, William F. Buckley (Shawn Westfall) and Gore Vidal (Chris Ulrich) will debate (read: improvise) the merits of each, with a moderator (Paul Hitlin) in tow to ensure that name calling and violence doesn’t occur — or ensure it does.

William F. Buckley: Shawn Westfall
Gore Vidal: Chris Ulrich
Moderator: Paul Hitlin

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

The YouTube Show Takeover

$15.

Friday, December 15th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

We unveiled this new format two months ago, and, as of this writing, received no cease & desist letters from YouTube. So we’re bringing it back, while we still can. It’s the return of The YouTube Show! — specifically, a takeover of the entire evening.

There’s some wild crap on YouTube, right? And, inexplicably, some of that wild crap actually makes to YouTube’s list of most popular videos, right? That’s where The YouTube Show! comes in: getting suggestions from the audience, we search and play video clips in real time as inspiration for improv scenes. And we’ll even go toward the more popular clips, new and classic YouTube videos for inspiration. Think of it as, well, like, a live version of a YouTube clip.

Cast:

Reaves McElveen

Jamal Newman

Shawn Westfall

VJ: Brian Duss

+ players to be named at a later date!

This one’s gonna be a hell of a lot of fun. Show up!

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.

Request For Protest and Oil In The Alley

$15.

Saturdayday, December 23rd, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

“And the ’80s almost killed me/Let’s not recall them quite so fondly,” sang The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. Don’t tell that to Oil In The Alley, perhaps the greatest and most obscure ’80s pop band ever. Formed decades ago during the New Romantic era, the era that brought us Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and The Fixx (What’s that? You don’t remember The Fixx? Loser), Oil In The Alley have never left the ’80s behind, continually performing at breakneck speed on whirlwind tours that have brought them to county fairs and VFW halls all over the country ever since, bringing their make-up, glam costumes, and ’80s era hit tunes with them. What are those hit tunes? You, their rabid fan-base decide. Now based in Honolulu, Hawaii, R. Kevin Doyle, Sean T.C. O’Malley, and Bri X are bringing one of the most amazing retro improv musical shows ever created to The Unified Scene Theater for one-night only. They’ll be joined by the cast of The Unified Scene Theater House Troupe Request for Protest, youngins’ by comparison, who no doubt had to sneak down to their parents’ rec room and listen to their Oil In The Alley albums when their parents were, like, at dinner parties and crap. Show up. Clapping, stomping, mascara and big hair not only allowed, but encouraged.
Your Feature 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, Improvapalooza (Source Theater), and DC Arts Center. RFP is coached by Shawn Westfall.
Request for Protest is:
  • Brandon McTavish
  • Pat Bragan
  • Emily Markle
Your Headlining Troupe: Oil In The Alley
Oil In The Alley is the rockingest rock band that ever rocked rock. It’s a unique comedy music act which features original rock music supporting polished improvisational humor. Each performance is the best concert ever for the diehard fanatical fans of this supergroup. The members of the band are always in character; there is no “improviser host” persona asking for suggestions. Instead, the gratuitously glam rockers extract ideas for song titles from banter with their megafans in the audience and using ideas from clothing, turns of phrase, and anything else to inspire a song. They then extemporaneously create completely new lyrics to an original rock song as if it were a “Classic” Oil in the Alley hit from their heyday 25 years ago.
Oil In The Alley is: 
Sean T.C. O’Malley (lead improvised vocals and electric guitar). Sean has been part of the improv scene in Honolulu for 25 years, participating in hundreds of shows including critically acclaimed and award-winning shows that performed invited gigs at Improv Festivals in Chicago and Seattle. He has written and performed music for the theatre in many genres, and spent five years in Austin Texas, where he honed his singer/songwriter skills (he writes most of OIL’s music).
R. Kevin Garcia Doyle (lead improvised vocals). “R.” has shared the stage with Sean in many improv shows over the last 20 years as the leader of the group Loose Screws, and it was his creative spark that inspired their most successful touring show, Screwbuki. R is a theatre artist/director/improviser/teacher in Honolulu, and he recently received the Pierre Bowman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii State Theatre Council.
Bri X (bass guitar and rocker authenticity consultant). Bri is a close friend and musical collaborator of Sean’s; they have been playing music together off and on for thirty years. Bri writes some of the band’s music (the rockin’ ones), and was a songwriter and performer with several hard rock bands throughout the 80s and 90s, some of which played in the DC area.

 

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