Summer Nights - Or at least 2 of them

Ophelia's Rope Anniversary Show

You can only make this up!

Comedy of Errors

June 2-3, 2017 8pm

Rec Room
100 Jackson St., Houston, Texas 77002

Friday Night Lineup (so far)

Soubrette City

Baby Knuckle

Ophelia's Rope

Saturday Night Lineup (so far)

No More Words

Grief Bacon

T&A

Magical Lying Hour

Ophelia's Rope

 

About Ophelia's Rope

Two Houston Female improvisers celebrate 12 years of performing together in their favorite city. They have performed all over the country in improv festivals (having just come back from the Chicago Improv Festival and about to go to the Del Close Festival) but Houston is where their love of improv began.

Our Show

Ophelia's Rope is a two-person long form improv group that takes its inspiration from you. That's right, you.  A typical show is kicked off by Ophelia's Rope asking its audience one or two random questions, proceeding to morph the answers into a setting, plot, and duo of unexpected, and sometimes quirky, characters. With no story predicted, no ending forecasted, Ophelia's Rope wanders the worlds of imagination, coloring surprising scenes their audiences inspired.

Our Background

Ophelia's Rope comes backed with extensive experience in theatre, improv, dancing, singing, TV and film, and athleticism. Members Autumn Clack majored in Acting at Adelphi University in New York, and coupled it with a minor in Dance, emphasis on ballet and modern styles. After, she attended London Dramatic Academy where she dove deep within the world of Shakespeare. Additionally, Clack has acquired skills in stage combat, pointe dance, aerial, dialect detection, and choreography, making her a multi-threat onstage- especially while next to Ruth McCleskey, a very suitable improv partner, indeed. Ruth McCleskey graduated magna cum laude at the University of Houston, where she scored her BA in Theatre, emphasis on Acting and Directing. Since, she has continued learning in the fields of acting, improv, stage combat, TV and film production, and dancing in the forms of two-step, swing, tango, waltz, plus several more. The ladies of Ophelia's Rope improv journey started in 2005 when they joined Massive Improv. There they participated on multiple teams, taking them to Austin, Chicago, San Francisco. Eventually, though, both Clack and McCleskey drifted from Massive Improv and it wasn't until some time later that both heard the stage beckoning them to return to improv. And thus, Ophelia's Rope was born! The team has performed in the Houston Improv Festival, the Austin Out of Bounds Festival, ComedySportz, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, The Trill Festival, and The PIT in NY.

About our Friday Night lineup...

Ophelia's Rope will have special guest Aaron Garrett sitting in on their set for Friday Night!

Soubrette City

Soubrette City is an all-female improv troupe based in Houston, Texas. Their focus is improvised plays.

The troupe was founded by Ruth McCleskey and Autumn Clack as a show under the Boiling Point Players umbrella for a run of shows at Obsidian Theater November 13-15, 2016. The performers found that they enjoyed performing together so they officially banded together as an improv troupe Soubrette City after their final show of the Boiling Point Players run on November 15, 2016. 

The cast includes:Autumn Clack, Brittny Bush, Callina Situka, Christine Vinh Weems, Jessica Brown, Ruth S McCleskey and Kacie Adams as mistress of tech. 

Baby Knuckle

Baby Knuckle is a longform IMPROV COMEDY troupe out of Houston, Texas featuring Ryan Heine, Nate Suurmeyer, Chad Minchew and Kelly Harkins.

Baby Knuckle is a four man longform improv comedy troupe out of Houston, Texas (2011-Present). Members include: Ryan Bradley Heine, Nate Suurmeyer, Chad Minchew, and Kelly Harkins. Former founding members Hubie Fix and Adam Pecht are on sabbatical. Ryan and Nate met as part of Houston's Massive Improv and Rogue Improv theater groups. Chad and Kelly's roots are with Comedy Sportz Houston. Find Baby Knuckle on its website (www.babyknuckle.com) and Twitter (@BabyKnuckle) as well.

Ryan began studying and performing improv with Houston's Massive Creativity in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he studied and performed at Improv Olympic (IO) West in Los Angeles, where he formed Kick Drum Decade, a nineteen (19) time Main Stage Cage Match Champion. Ryan returned to Houston in 2009 where he served as a director, instructor, and performer with Massive Improv and Rogue Improv through 2011. Nate has a great resume, but is a slacker and has yet to provide details for the interwebs. Chad and Kelly are veterans of ComedySportz Houston with countless performances under their belts as part of Ampersand and Epilogue HD. 

Together they will form a completely improvised 20-30 minute Harold-esque playground, kicking it off with an organic free form opening and exploring that connected universe with richer than rich characters that you care for and fear, stories you must hear, and laughs your belly craves. Nothing is as pure as a Baby Knuckle. 

The members of Baby Knuckle have performed in the Houston Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival (Houston), Megaphone Marathon (Austin-Houston), Austin Out of Bounds Festival, Del Close Marathon (NYC), and the Los Angeles Improv Festival. As a group, Baby Knuckle performs in venues across Houston including ComedySportz, Station Theater, Beta Theater, Rudyard's British Pub, Avant Garden, Midtown Arts Center, and Spring Street Studio 101. 

About our Saturday Night lineup...

Duo Nation

Grief Bacon

Depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide... Hilarious, right?? Grief Bacon thinks so! In this show, a special guest will share their personal mental (un)health journey and Calan and Angela will find silver linings in the struggles that so many of us - especially those of us who feel the need to get in front of groups of strangers in the hopes of making them laugh - face. It's going to get ugly, raw, and real silly, y'all. Cast: Calan Lambert, Angela Lee

No More Words

No More Words takes its inspiration from music – creating silent improvised tales using only body language and emotion.

No More Words takes its inspiration from music – creating silent improvised tales using only body language and emotion. No More Words shows are playful and fun but have also been known to make people cry. 

Jessica Brown is a graduate of the ComedySportz Houston and The New Movement (TNM) comedy training programs. She has also studied improv and sketch comedy with trainers from Kids in the Hall, iO Chicago, Annoyance Theater, Huge Theater, and more. Jess has performed at the Trill Comedy Festival, Houston Improv Festival, Improv Wins, Megaphone Marathons and Houston Fringe Festival with troupes No More Words, This Infinite Closet, Jousting Bieber, Heroes of Milkton and Fematoma and toured nationally with TNM's Tourceratops. Jess is a Co-Director, serving as Director of Marketing & Corporate Training of Station Theater. She currently teaches and coaches. She also co-produces and oversees marketing for Houston Improv Festival and Trill Comedy Festival. Current troops are no more words, Chuck + Jess, Trek Wars, Wonder Woman Underoos, and Soubrette City 

Brian Jones - Brian has been performing improv since early 2014. His home base is Station Theater in Houston, TX, but he has also performed at Beta Theater and at Houston Fringe Festival. He has troupe experience in shortform and longform, including Harold, La Ronde, narrative, pantomime, genre, and organic. He has also performed sketch. Brian has been in troupes as large as nine people, and has performed his own solo shows. Plus he really enjoys hosting shows! Offstage, Brian has guest starred on local television program Space City Chronicles, and podcasts The Stacks and A Horrible Premise. Look them up! Brian is particularly known for his seemingly infinite energy on stage, his willingness to engage in physical humor, and character work. He is not afraid to perform in his underpants. Brian currently performs with No More Words, Trek Wars, BLOB solo improv, Meniscus Unit, The Adventures of Lenny & Al, and Rock Paper Improv short-form improv. 

Brian and Jess have performed together as No More Words since January 2015.

T&A

T&A burst onto the Houston improv comedy scene in 2013. Tandiwe Kone, a native Houstonian and Amy Grisbee, a native of Essex Junction, Vermont met at an improv intensive held byThe New Movement Theater in the summer of 2012. Their styles were very complimentary and they enjoyed playing together immensly. After playing with other troupes, they decided to form T&A. They are both graduates of Station Theater and perform there regularly. By day, Tandiwe Kone is a nurse and mother of two and Amy Grisbee is married and teaches middle school theater arts and speech. By night, they are a powerhouse duo that creates of savory, memorable characters who wind up in hilarious, precarious situations.

Cast: Tandiwe Kone and Amy Grisbee

Magical Lying Hour

Magical Lying Hour is an improvis..wait. Magical Lying Hour is a scripted...hmm. One half scripted, the other half improvised. Come see it for yourself! https://www.facebook.com/pg/
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