Thursday, August 28th

8:00 PM at The Institution Theater

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JenRaye Adams, Meredith Mae Roberts, Courtney Sevener

The Ladies

Improv – Austin, TX

Silent object work opens the show, building into a grounded relationship-based scene which is called back at the end. In between: $10 words, disdain for social stereotypes and usually a trip to the Olive Garden.

The Ladies perform a unique blend of über-supportive, cerebral yet zany and high-energy longform improv featuring strong characters and big recurring themes. The Ladies have been performing in Austin for over 2 years in numerous theaters, won Outstanding New Troupe at the 2012 ColdTowne Theater Awards, and have appeared in multiple festivals, including Out of Bounds 2013 and the Del Close Marathon in New York.

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Mark Chalfant, Catherine Deadman

We Should Talk

Improv – Washington, DC

We Should Talk is a satire that explores everything terrible and wonderful about relationships. Barb and Zack are DC’s only semi-licensed couples’ counselors who are also a couple and who employ improvisational techniques in their practice. Through this meta lens, improvisers Catherine Deadman (iMusical) and Mark Chalfant (iMusical, and Washington Improv Theater’s artistic director) connect with audience members’ real-life challenges and play them out in scenes with heart as big as Texas, and as dark as oil.

We Should Talk was created at Washington Improv Theater (WIT) and has performed at WIT, at Duofest (Philadelphia 2013) and the Del Close Marathon (NYC 2012). Originally entitled Be Our Guest, the show was an homage to the classic American couple George and Martha from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Through provocative and compassionate scene work, players Catherine Deadman and Mark Chalfant aim to find the fun in dysfunctional relationships. Deadman and Chalfant are also both cast-members of Washington Improv Theater’s iMusical, an ensemble creating a variety of musical improv formats for the last seven years

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Brad Hawkins, Ceej Allen

Franz & Dave

Improv – Austin, TX

Franz & Dave take you on a journey into the dark emptiness of the human soul. Join avant-garde filmmaker David Lynch and existentialist writer Franz Kafka as they craft for you a story of madness, despair, and the creeping dread that characterizes the travesty we call life.

Ceej Allen has been a fixture of the Austin improv scene for over a decade and is a member of the B. Iden Payne Award-winning troupe Confidence Men. Brad Hawkins has been performing improv for only four years, but has performed in Finland, so it's all right.


Coldtowne Theater shows are Marathon-style, each group with 30 minutes of stage time. end to end, nonstop. Audience Members can sit in their chair as long as they like. from 6pm- 12mid with no reservations needed. First come first serve.

So if you want to be sure to see a show you may be well advised to show up a couple shows before the one you really want to see.

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Note: To use your festival pass to reserve a ticket, select 1 from the Number of Tickets drop down and hit the I Have A Festival Pass button. You will need to show your Festival Pass at the box office to pick up your ticket.

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Online Ticket - Will Call
Pick up ticket at Will Call at venue box office the day of the show at least 15 minutes prior to the show.