BATS Improv, the largest and longest-running Improv Theatre and school in Northern California, celebrates the 20
BATS Improv, the largest and longest-running Improv Theatre and school in Northern California, celebrates the 20th anniversary of their BATS’ Summer Improv Festival with a special, super-sized anniversary edition! Every weekend (Friday and Saturday nights), the BATS Main Stage Company takes the stage with a different show displaying their hilarious, award-winning brand of improvised theatre with completely improvised musicals, stage plays, ‘films,’ ‘TV shows,’ and more. This year’s festival includes the debut of five original NEW shows from BATS Main Stage Company – Improvised Prison Drama (separate Men’s and Women’s editions), Improvised Epic Brecht Musical, Pulp Playhouse, San Francisco Secrets, and Improvised Game of Thrones.
“We are extremely proud of our milestone year with the Summer Improv Festival,” said Kasey Klemm, BATS Improv Artistic Director. “Our Company is excited to continue pushing the envelope of improvised theatre and deliver new original shows that we feel are going to resonate with Bay Area audiences. We are also very excited to be performing the 25th anniversary of Improvised Shakespeare which has always been a fan favorite since 1989.”
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The Festival opens with the return of the popular “Improvised Downton Abbey” (which concluded a two month sold-out debut this past February) and ends with the new fantasy dramedy “Improvised Game of Thrones.” The center piece of the festival is BATS most anticipated show of the year: the annual “SF vs. LA Theatresports Grudge Match” where BATS Improv, SF takes on their talented rivals from Impro Theatre, LA.
August 1 & 2 - Improvised Downton Abbey
August 8 & 9 – Improvised Shakespeare: 25th Anniversary Edition!
August 15– Spontaneous Broadway with Impro Theatre, LA
August 16 – SF vs. LA Theatresports Grudge Match
August 22 – Men’s Prison Drama
August 23 – Women’s Prison Drama
August 29 & 30 – Improvised Epic Brecht Musical
September 5 & 6 – Pulp Playhouse
September 12 & 13 – San Francisco Secrets
September 19 & 20 – Improvised Game of Thrones
August 1 (Friday) - September 20 (Saturday)
B350 Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 94123
Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: “an underemployed Los Angeles [...]
Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: “an underemployed Los Angeles actor going to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement.”
The show hits San Francisco later this summer.
Where: SHN Curran Theatre, San Francisco
When: August 19 – 31, 2014
Running time: 100 minutes, no intermission
MICHAEL URIE (Alex More). For originating the role of Alex More in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and its Barrow Street Theatre transfer, Urie received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway),The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked for The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and TheBlank (L.A.) Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, the upcoming Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Partners and Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. Training: Juilliard.
JONATHAN TOLINS (Playwright) is the author of Buyer & Cellar, which was named Best Unique Theatrical Experience by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway, Booth Theatre), If Memory Serves (Promenade), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child. For television, he was a writer for “Queer as Folk,” The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards and “Partners.” He was the author of Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, acted as script consultant on Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and co-wrote The Divine Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler. He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time magazine and The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.
STEPHEN BRACKETT (Director). NYC credits include Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick), Dan Fishback’s The Material World (Dixon Place), Micheline Auger’s American River (Lesser America), Bekah Brunstetter’s Nothing is the End of the World (Except for the End of the World)(Waterfall), Chad Beckim’s After (Partial Comfort), Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova),The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), David Mixner’s From the Front Porch (Dixon Place), Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s The Sporting Life (Studio 42), Rick Viede’s Whore (Summer Play Festival) and Bixby Elliot’s PN1923.45 LS01 Volume 2 (Culture Project). Regional credits include The Trouble With Doug (TheatreWorks) and Kilroy Was Here; A STyx Rock Opera (Williamstown). Stephen is a company member of Lesser America and Partial Comfort, and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Lab.
(Tuesday) 8:00 PM
SHN Curran Theatre
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102