June 24, 2014
Contact: Dan Miller
Five-week improv extravaganza will also feature a pair of performances by Chicago duo Dummy — a “must-see” act according to the Chicago Tribune
(Washington, DC) Gorge yourself on Washington Improv Theater’s summer improv event: BINGE. WIT’s six company ensembles have cooked up a bounty of new offerings for this five-week run, each worthy of going back for seconds. From King Bee’s soap opera-inspired melodrama to Season Six’s sci-fi romps, WIT’s unscripted, one-time-only performances can satisfy any Washingtonian’s quest for entertainment.
Ranging from romance to horror, here’s a sampling of our genre-bending selections:
- iMusical presents: UnMissed Connections – WIT’s legendary musical improv troupe iMusical creates shows inspired by Craigslist’s Missed Connections section (where love-struck internet posters seek to reconnect with romantic interests they encountered in real life). Based on audience-submitted “missed connections,” this fully improvised musical will invent what would have happened if the would-be lovers had not missed their chance.
- SitCommonwealth – Commonwealth pays homage to the classic 80s sitcom, complete with opening credits, commercial breaks and even a few “very special episodes.” Inspired by The Cosby Show and Family Ties, the set changes and multimedia interludes make SitCommonwealth one of the most technically ambitious projects ever untaken by a WIT ensemble.
- Jackieland – WIT’s longest-running ensemble acclimates to a decimated, post-apocalyptic world (a la Zombieland). What wiped out earth’s population? What do the survivors need to get by? The answers change every night depending on the audience’s suggestions.
The five-week run kicks off with a pair of performances by Dummy, the Chicago-based duo of Colleen Doyle and Jason Shott. The performers, who are perform at the revered improv school and theater iO, have cultivated a strong reputation for their emotionally rich and honest 45-minute show.
Writes the Chicago Tribune: “For years T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi have reigned as Chicago’s must-see two-person improv team. After catching a recent set from Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts at iO Theater, I think it’s safe to say there’s room on that improv pedestal for yet another pair of performers.”
For a full schedule and a ticket link, visit http://bit.ly/WITbinge.
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- BINGE runs July 10-August 9. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Group discounts available by calling 202-204-7772.
- For a schedule, pricing information and ticket link, go to: http://bit.ly/WITbinge
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
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