Shock and Awesome + Sistine Robot: This is Fine + Commonwealth: That American Life

Part rallying cry, part group hug, Rise Up! is an artistic response to the life and times we live in.


Saturday September 30, 2017
7:30 PM
$8 for DCAC members; $12 in advance; $15 at the door

DC Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW

Rise Up! explores all the ways the personal really is political, and vice versa.

The Line-up

Shock and Awesome
Legendary USO-adjacent performers Shock and Awesome bring their updated upbeat patriotism to the Trump era!
Mark Chalfant, Catherine Deadman, Molly Murchie

Sistine Robot: This is fine.
We’ve all seen the “This is fine.” cartoon — a dopey dog drinking coffee at his breakfast table while everything around him burns. Follow your neighbors, family members, friends, and coworkers as they focus on minutiae as the world burns down around them.
Cast: Jamie Bingner, Paul Hitlin, Dan Miller, Jonathan Murphy, Joe Randazzo, Sara Rouhi

Commonwealth: That American Life
We get a suggestion from the audience of a story they recently read. Interview them about why it drew their attention. We improvise a podcast writers room on how to fully develop the stories from that suggestion and then improvise a spoof “This American Life” podcast.
Cast: Jules Duffy, Dennis Johnson, Ryan Krull, Jamie Lantinen, Jaci Pulice, Kate Symes, Stewart Walsh. Director: Mark Chalfant

General information:

  • Line-ups vary nightly. Please verify the performing acts on your individual curtain times.
  • For all shows, unclaimed tickets may be resold at curtain time. Late arrivals will be seated at WIT’s discretion.
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  • For group discounts (eight or more), please contact Dan Miller at
Meet Commonwealth

Commonwealth was formed for the greater, common good of improvised comedy. Read More