Nov. 20, 2013
Contact: Dan Miller
WIT’s annual smorgasbord of holiday-themed improv includes a Bollywood-style Diwali party, a faux holiday fundraiser by country club wives, and a two-person show where one actor is an audience member
(Washington, DC) Like family dinners around the Christmas ham, you never know what crazy thing someone will say or do during Washington Improv Theater’s (WIT) Seasonal Disorder. During WIT’s holiday improv extravaganza, each night features a brand new set of offbeat characters as unpredictable as your next family gathering.
WIT’s seventh annual improv medley features WIT ensembles, local independent teams as well as special productions. InGrab Bag, a special mash-up cast of improvisers will perform a collage of scenes based on real life holiday experiences. One performance may find improvisers riffing off of an audience member’s true holiday story; another performance may be inspired by stories from a guest storyteller.
“A large portion of the shows in Seasonal Disorder are fueled by real experiences – stories the audience has chosen to share with us or moments from the improvisers lives,” said Artistic/Executive Director Mark Chalfant. “Just like life, there’s no script in the shows we perform so no one knows what we’ll happen – even the performers.”
Other highlights of Seasonal Disorder include:
- Bombay Vindaloo – A Festival of Fights: All the way from Mumbai! Bombay Vindaloo delivers an original Diwali tale. A story of love, vengeance, deception, and violence told through the styling of a Bollywood movie.
- Your Holiday: Veteran D.C. improviser Topher Bellavia performs a two-person show with a perfect stranger plucked from the audience. Each scene takes place on a different holiday.
- Holiday Fundraiser for Babies and Whales and Baby Whales with the Chevy Chase Golf and Country Club Ladies’ Activities and Charities Committee: The CCGCCLACC’s debut at this summer’s Improvapalooza was an audience favorite. These upper-crust ladies who lunch – Reagan, Bitsy, Piper and Khaki – return to the stage to perform a holiday fundraiser for their favorite causes. As always, they’ll have glasses of white wine with them.
For a full schedule and a ticket link, visit http://bit.ly/WITdisorder.
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- General admission tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door). Reserved seating in the front two rows is $30.
- If purchasing 6 or more tickets, use code GROUP and receive a 25% discount on all tickets.
- For a full schedule and a ticket link, go to: http://bit.ly/WITdisorder
Performances will take place at Source, located at 1835 14th St. NW.
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For 15 years, Washington Improv Theater (WIT) has dedicated itself to unleashing the creative, collaborative power of improv in DC. WIT is DC’s premiere arts organization showcasing and advancing the artform of improvisational theatre with over 200 artists, 30 instructors, 1,000 students, and 10,000 audience members engaging annually in performances and classes. WIT is a multi-tiered arts organization: a producing organization exploring and forwarding the craft of longform improv in challenging new directions; a presenting organization allowing improvisers from across the country to share their artistry with DC audiences; a community organization serving a rapidly growing family of improv artists. For our students, WIT is an artistic conservatory, a personal-development laboratory, a professional skill-building gymnasium, and a vital social outlet in a tightly “scripted” city. WIT is the place for improv in DC.
“The power of improv is one of listening, of supporting, of daring to explore your raw imagination. It is the power of being present, of empathy and camaraderie, of doing anything in your power to make your partner look good. In our world today these are revolutionary ideas. And yet, vital.” – WIT Artistic/Executive Director Mark Chalfant