Dramatic Improv Festival Shows!

We are hosting the Dramatic Improv Festival this October!

For full details, please visit our official DIF website, here.

Come check out a show!

SHOWS!

This year’s performances will be at 3 venues over 3 nights. Come check out the performances by these wonderful groups. See the full schedule and purchase tickets here!

Venues:
Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron Street)
Rast (1803 W. Byron Street)
LOL Theater (3851 N Lincoln Ave)

The show schedules:
Performances will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, across 3 venues, according to the following schedule:

Friday, October 4: 8 PM, 10 PM, 12 AM
Saturday, October 5: 8 PM, 10 PM, 12 AM
Sunday, October 6: 7 PM, 9 PM


The shows:

Apples: The Remix

Apples: The Remix brings together four Theatre Momentum alumni who deliver grounded scenes, heartwarming stories and some drama in between.

Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Asher/St. John

Allison Asher and Ben St. John are an improvised duo who will take you on a journey through future, past, and future again. It is aftermath and forethought in one, an intimate story out of time.

Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 7 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


Bound

Bound is an original improvised theater form developed by Adrian Burke and Jess Kelley-Madera, which debuted as a part of the DarkFest at The Tank. When performing Bound, Jess and Adrian are tethered together at opposite ends of a single string of lights. Connected, confined, and beautifully illuminated, they use details from the audience and a time-bending structure to tell the story of one relationship over the course of a lifetime.

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Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 7 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


The Burning

The Burning, a Theatre Momentum Einstein ensemble, tells a grounded story about the relationships between people. Everyday moments shed light into each character’s connection with themselves and the people around them.

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Performances:
Sunday, 9 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)



Cascade

Formed in April of 2014, Cascade is an improv duo starring Sarah Marie Curry (Austin performer, teacher, coach, and award-winning actor) and Cat Drago (Austin director, performer, teacher). Both of them have been doing improv and scripted theater for the majority of their lives, and have been improv partners for 5 years now, since Sarah Marie sent Cat a proposal after seeing her in a dramatic show. Since then, they’ve been pushing boundaries of where improv can take them and finding the joy and gravity of doing dramatic improvised work. When they’re not working together they enjoy incessantly taking personality quizzes together and sending each other postcards from across town.

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Performances:
Saturday, 8 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


The Complex

The Complex follows inhabitants of three different apartments and allows you to see how they live, love and fight.

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Performances:
Saturday, 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Dos Gardenias

Dos Gardenias – the improv duo that starts every scene with a kiss because there are endless things you can say with one.

Performances:
Friday 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 7 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


Fugue

Fugue is an instant theatre production, unfolding in harmony. These talented actors will thematically blend three individual one-act plays, in the style of a musical fugue. 3 stories. 1 stage. Real time. Real.

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Performances:
Saturday, 8 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 9 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


Ghost of Love

The Ensemble Project is a special show assembled by guest director, Laura Doorneweerd-Perry from Amsterdam, and made up of local performers from Austin. The concept is called “Ghost of Love”: A show of multiple love stories: young, old, passionate, bored, budding, recovering, familiar and unusual.

Romantic relationships are filled with words and actions- but maybe even more with what is not said, what is not heard, and what is not expressed. Which secrets do we hold from each other? What big emotions are we afraid to show? Where does our mind wander to?

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Performances:
Friday, 10 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)
Saturday, 10 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


The Havah Experiment: Growth

The Havah Experiment: Growth is an immersive, experimental theater piece that explores liminality, the space in between where characters go to find themselves. Join the artists in a garden fantasy land to explore the darker sides of growing pains.

Performances:
Saturday, 8 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Impromptu

Impromptu is an improv troupe that specializes in creating unscripted plays set during the post-WWII era (1940s-60s). The post-WWII era was a time of drama, passion, critical world events, and the celebration of family. Theatre was rich with emotional stories, as were the times. Impromptu taps into those eras and brings audiences an exciting theatrical experience – improvised from the moment we receive an audience suggestion. It’s exciting and exhilarating! Come join us!

Performances:
Saturday, 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 9 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


In Our Prime

Three actors finding the real life in their fully made up and improvised tales. From your suggestions, they will explore relationships as old as time with
solid, grounded characters unique, yet like you. In Our Prime uses every nuance from the first few offers to find, the all too fleeting, path to the finish. By the end, you will want to know more about what happened “ever since that day. . .”

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Performances:
Saturday, 10 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 9 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Inkles

Each scene is a crossroads. Every relationship is tested. There will be love, betrayal and new beginnings.

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Performances:
Friday, 10 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Saturday, 10 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


It’s Too Late to Be Arthur

This Theatre Momentum Einstein ensemble explores dramatic improv with a talented cast of players. They take the stage in character and follow emotional reactions to find a fully improvised play. Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, sometimes both, always honest, never scripted.

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Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Manacle

Manacle creates an improvised short play based on a story found in the audience. Eric and Aden take a few minutes at the top of every show to interview a real-life couple sitting in the crowd. Using their information, Manacle improvises a theatrically crafted performance that, complete with leads and with supporting characters, gives you a voyeuristic glimpse into the audience couple’s feelings, experiences and history. Whoever they get the story from, Manacle strives to give you a stage performance that feels as though each moment has been blocked, scripted, choreographed and rehearsed while still finding ways to surprise, break and delight each other.

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Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)
Saturday, 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


MetaMorph

Words are powerful. Join us as we explore how a confession or secret shared can impact those you know…and those you don’t. And since this is improvisation, our show will be an original, never-to-be repeated experience you won’t want to miss.

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Performances:
Sunday, 9 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Mixtape

Mixtape is an instant one-act drama that uses music to follow the history of a relationship. It explores the complex subtext behind the songs chosen for a mixtape, and the history and subtle meaning behind each song through a fully improvised narrative with live musical performances.

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Performances:
Saturday, 8 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


One Thousand Words

An improvised One Act play in Four Actors.

Performances:
Friday, 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 9 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)


Orchestrated Happenstance

Joy Carletti & Colin Iago McCarthy have more than twenty years of improv experience between them and have been a duo for five. Their narrative improv tells stories that are funny and touching, absurd yet real.
Orchestrated Happenstance has appeared at the Denver Improv Festival and on stages across Colorado & California. Their goal is to make you happy cry.

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Performances:
Friday, 10 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Playbook

Inspired by the first page of an actual unfinished play, the cast of Playbook will improvise a full play trying to maintain the tone, theme and plot from the first page. The actors won’t know what the script is until they open the script for the first time on the opening night of the performance.

Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 7 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Porch Play

Porch Play is an instant play in one act. Improv actors are instant playwrights, and this production draws on that skill to create complex interweaving lives and storytelling with depth and honesty.

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Performances:
Sunday, 9 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


Rook

Rook is a modern musical improv troupe from Austin, Texas. Using a unique blend of synth and piano, drama and comedy, improvisation and theatrical training, Rook presents the cutting edge of musical improv. Discovered on the spot, emotional and poignant, hilarious and cerebral, this off-off-off-broadway show will be surprising, delightful, and oh-so-well sung. With award winning actress Sarah Marie Curry, improviser extraordinaire Cat Drago, classically trained opera singer Megan Sherrod, and composer and pianist Walter Nichols, Rook is good because of training and amazing because of improv.

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Performances:
Saturday, 10 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Ryan, Razowsky, & Bill

Annoyance Theater co-founders and improv legends David Razowsky (Second City), Joe Bill (“BASSPROV”), and Dee Ryan (Second City) reunite for an evening of honest, slow, truthful, surprising, and compelling theater.

Performances:
Saturday, 8 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Shakesqueer

What happens to the world of Shakespeare when gender stereotypes fall and same-sex relationships are all that exist? Something unexpected, yet wonderfully familiar! After all, the Bard loved playing with gender roles!

Join Un-Scripted Theater Company for this completely improvised play, and enjoy classic romance and comedy through a modern lens.

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Performances:
Sunday, 7 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl a coming-of-age narrative focused on the beauty and turmoil that makes up the period between childhood and womanhood. A bildungsroman, for those in the know! Not only that, but it’s an improv show, which means that the story will be different every single time.

If you’re a fan of Ladybird, Edge of Seventeen, or Sixteen Candles, this is the show for you. For while it may be made up in the moment, it’s guaranteed to feature characters who are hopelessly vulnerable, outrageously angsty, and super duper awkward.

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Performances:
Friday, 10 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


The Three Insane Rituals

Three of the most challenging improv long forms performed back to back to back without stopping and then recapped from beginning to end in real time. Watch a man break his own heart while falling down the stairs. Will he land whole on his feet?

Performances:

Friday, 10 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 9 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Unmusical Chairs

Further proof that improvisation is a shared language, every show Gretchen Wirges takes on a new partner. Using only physical proximity to inspire the scene, what results is honest, organic and all about being in constant state of relationship to whomever happens to be in the chair next to her. Or behind her. Or, you get the idea.

Performances:

Saturday, 10 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)


Voices Carry

Two women, over forty, telling stories of life as we see it.

Taking our personal lives as a launching pad, we elicit commonalities and contrasts from our peers of ‘women over forty’ to inspire a linked story, treading beyond our own age and gender. Celebrating unique stories, waiting to be told.

A show of complements and compliments.

Performances:
Saturday, 10 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)
Sunday, 7 PM (Rast) (TICKETS)


The Well-Made Play

The Well-Made Play is patient and confident. It takes its time building up its tension, building up your emotional investment, and when it finally cuts loose, you’re right on the edge of your seat. You’re a giddy voyeur on the day when everything counts, and after which nothing can be the same.

The Well-Made Play is a fully improvised, full-length two-act play that takes its cues from traditional theater. Every move from both the cast and technical improvisers feels intentional and scripted. We’re confident that you’ve never seen a show quite like this one!

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Performances:
Friday, 8 PM (LOL) (TICKETS)
Saturday, 8 PM (Pendulum) (TICKETS)



If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to drop us a line, and we’ll get back to you right away!

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