August 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
5pm August 26 until 11pm August 27.
8 actors. 30 hours. No script. No sleep. No sanity.
The brave members of local improv troupe K.C. Redheart will test their wits, endurance, and sanity as the core group of “marathoners” going without rest while improvising for 30 straight hours in this fundraiser for Namaste Charter School and the Playground Theater!
But they are not alone!
In effect, the marathon is 30 unique shows, as each hour the marathoners welcome guests from around the city to improvise with them, including performers from the Second City, iO, ComedySportz, the Annoyance Theatre, and K.C. Redheart’s home, the Playground. With the help of so many different performers, the Playground Improv Marathon will showcase the diversity and vitality of Chicago’s improv scene. There will be short-form games in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, experimental and narrative long-form shows, family-friendly shows during the day, and anything-goes sets during the late night hours. As an added bonus, the audience will witness the Marathoners’ transformation from well-adjusted adults to sleep-deprived comedy nutjobs by the end of it all. And most importantly, all of the proceeds go to charity.
What is K.C. Redheart? Since it was formed in 2008, K.C. Redheart has become one of the most respected, experimental, and flat-out fun improv teams in Chicago. Now a full-fledged Playground Member Team, K.C. Reheart was originally a product of the Playground Theater’s Incubator program, which first assembled its members: Karisa Bruin, Margaret Conway, Nick Leveski, Mark Logsdon, Dave Maher, George Serad, Adam Shalzi, Bill Stern, and Katie Thomas. K.C. Redheart has since performed its narrative-bending long-form improv formats at festivals such as Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX and i3 in Raleigh, NC. Recently, their improvised play-within-a-play, Process, was named a “Critics’ Pick” by Time Out Chicago with critic Jason Heidemann saying, “Improv this good can’t help but put a smile on your face. Go see [K.C. Redheart]…I’ll go with you.” Process is currently running every Saturday at 8pm at the Playground until the launch of the Marathon. Go see it, and take Jason Heidemann with you!
K.C. Redheart presents the Playground Improv Marathon
Friday, August 26 @ 5pm
Saturday, August 27 @ 11pm.
The Playground Theater
3209 N Halsted Ave (Halsted & Belmont)
$5 for matinee hours, $10 for prime time hours, or $25 for passes to the entire Marathon. Tickets are available at the door.
Matinee hours are suitable for all ages, prime time hours are suitable for those 13+, and late night hours are suitable for those 18+. For those 21+, the Playground Theater is BYOB.