The District Improv Festival Returns To The Unified Scene Theater, September 8th-9th, 2017
Friday, September 8th, 2017, 7:30-9 pm block:
Los Profesores (NYC),
Beverly Crusher (DC),
Minority Re’port (Baltimore)
Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 2:30-4:30 pm FREE block:
Beautiful Dreamers (NYC),
Peaches Galore (NYC),
Sabado Picante (DC),
Empty Promises (Austin)
Once again, we’re extraordinarily honored to be partnering with DIF, and helping showcase the tremendous local improv talent as well as visiting improv artists.
NIXON and Bring Back the ‘90s
Friday, August 18th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Richard Nixon died in 1994. And some people look back on the ’90s with a modicum of nostalgia. Things were kind of awesome. Well, tonight, we’re resurrecting both Nixon and all the cool stuff from that era, as troupes NIXON and Bring Back The ’90s (which celebrated their one-year anniversary at The Unified Scene Theater last month) show you just how awesome everything was back then: the music, the videos, the clothes, the culture, and four years of a President who *really* knew how to throw a scandal. Show up!
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 Headliners: 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
The Unified Scene Theater and Bad Medicine Present:
The First Annual 24-Hour Sketch-Fest
Saturday, August 19th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Sketch teams usually take a few weeks to hone, craft, rehearse, direct, and perform a sketch show. Well, screw that. We’re putting a couple of local sketch comedy teams to the test, as we make them brainstorm, write, cast, rehearse, and direct not one but two 3-5 minute sketches all within a 24-hour time period.
Wait, what? Yep. Two “finished” sketches in 24-hours.
But that’s not all, since there’s an element of improv comedy involved: a week prior to the show we’ll be reaching out to our fans and followers on social media to get suggestions for the sketch troupes, suggestions that will be required, under penalty of disqualification, to be used in their sketches. We’ll write these up, put them in a hat, and then draw them out during the intermission of our NIXON and Bring Back The ’90s show at The Unified Scene Theater on August 18th.
One they get them, the clock is ticking, and the troupes — Bad Medicine, Sketchy Notion, and Preacher’s Tit — are on their own: they then have 24-hours to brainstorm, write, cast, rehearse and perform two 3-6 minute sketches, performed during this show on the evening of Saturday, August 19th.
And wait, there’s more: the results — including whether or not the suggestions were used — are under scrutiny. Why? Because there’s money to be won. All troupes participating are eligible to win a Judges’ Prize and an Audience Prize. Can one troupe win both? YOU DAMNED WELL BE THEY CAN!
In short, comedy under the gun: you know, what they do at “Saturday Night Live” every week, and what just about every live variety show during the era of live television used to do, you know, just about every day.
Show up. Laugh. Be The Comedy Judgy McJudgerson you know you wanna be. And have a blast.
- Bad Medicine
- Sketchy Notion
- Preacher’s Tit
The Quitters & VI Lenin
Friday, September 15th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
The Soviet Union apparently “quit” Communism, insituted by VI Lenin, over two decades ago. But there’s still some nefarious crap going on over there, if recent headlines are any indication. We should help them quit that, too. And we’ve got two troupes who can help, or at the very least make you momentarily forget it for a moment: The Quitters, an all-female troupe who’s been rockin the DC’s independent scene, and House Troupe VI Lenin, who are just downright amazing.
Your Feature Troupe: The Quitters
The Quitters will quit the shit out of you. With all the charisma of an emoji and the dedication of anyone you ever met on Tinder, these ladies will create an entire world based on nothing but the stuff you’ve quit. And they’ll erase any of your lingering guilt. Because we’re all just a bunch of natural-born quitters. Get behind it, Quitter Nation.
The Quitters are:
- Sanaa Abrar
- Paula Atkinson
- Tonya Jordan
- Kristin OBrien
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.
The Artless Bards and Christian Science Theater
Saturday, September 16th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
The YouTube Show Takeover
Friday, September 22nd, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
- Reaves McElveen
- Jamal Newman
- Shawn Westfall
- VJ: Brian Duss
- + players to be named at a later date!
Teacher’s Pet, Where’s My Ukulele? & Request for Protest
Saturday, September 23rd, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
- Brandon McTavish
- Pat Bragan
- Emily Markle
An Evening With The Unified Sing
Friday, September 29th 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.
And, yes, it’s founding member Caroline Yates’ final show as she heads off for the headier waters of NYC. Come wish her goodluck and tell her goodbye. And then ugly-cry like the rest of us.
The Unified Sing is:
Caroline Yates (though, not for much longer! sniff…)
Mickey Daniel, accompanist
Bring Back the ‘90s
Saturday, September 30th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
- Erick Acuna
- Jordana Mishory
- Elaine Cowell
- Ryan Alloway
- Joe Dawson
- Shealy Molpus
- Ginnie Seger
- DJ: Huckleberry Spin
Free Improv Workshop
Sunday, August 20th 1:00-3:00 p.m
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 11th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and say, “yeah, what the hell, I’m coming.” (or just click the I’m Coming! button)
Prerequisites: A Pulse.