July 29, 2016
  • Meta-Cartography #6 {An Iterative Installation}

    July 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - July 30, 2016 11:59 pm
    The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr, Austin, TX 78704, United States

    Dearest Participants in Happiness is a Choice!

    We are the performance scientists known as Happiness is a Choice (HIAC). Our next public experiment will be Saturday, July 29th-30th at The Institution Theater, starting at 10pm Friday as a collaboration with CHURCH OF THE CENTURY KID (COTCK).

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July 30, 2016
  • TARANTULA

    July 30, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - July 31, 2016 11:00 pm
    Institution Theater

    Tarantula is Improv like you’ve never seen before. It’s an experience. It’s an organic, odd, fibrant web of collective consciousness that breathes life into the darkest corners of our minds. Once you’re inside you can’t escape it.

    Tarantula is a combination of…

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August 20, 2016
  • Murder Mystery on the Austin Steam Train

    August 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A collection of misfits look for acceptance and a big signing bonus from the reclusive comic-book mogul Ben Dare. Each graphic geek is pitching a super-hero destined to be the next phenom, but the promoter ends up dead before a winner can be named! Which crusading creator is in…

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August 30, 2016
  • Sondheim for One @ Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

    August 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    Lineup: Squirrel Buddies, Ralphie Hardesty, Toxic Chakra, Sondheim for One

    Sondheim for One is an improvised ensemble musical in the style of Stephen Sondheim performed by one actor and a piano player. Tonight's cast: Michael Ferstenfeld & Ryan Fechter

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DO YOU SEE THEATRE?

SCRIPTED

IMPROVISED

MIXED MEDIA

HAPPINESS SCIENCE

Confidence Men

Award-winning improvised plays in the style of David Mamet. Two acts & a musical intermission.

Happiness is a Choice

Performance scientists who use improv and meta-theatre to learn about each other and the moments they inhabit on stage. Current Public Experiment Underway: Mapping the Mind thru MetaCartography.

Doctor Who Theatre

TWO MAN WHO – Improvised Adventures in Time and Space in style of The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged.

Not This American Life

Public radio theatre for the entire electromagnetic spectrum–Visible AND Invisible Light. The format, tone, and enthusiasm for personal stories of This American Life, but, well… it’s NOT.

Sondheim For One

An improvised musical in the style of Stephen Sondheim, creator of INTO THE WOODS, COMPANY, and SWEENEY TODD–musicals known for complex polyphony between multiple characters, romantic duets, show-stopping ensemble pieces. SONDHEIM FOR ONE is all of that with just one improviser and a piano player.

Band of Liars

They say music is love in search of a word. The Band of Liars is love in search of music. Based on suggestions from the audience they summon an entire album of improvised songs, never before heard, never to be listened to again. Rap to Classical, Death Metal to Noise to Drone, Madrigal, Folk, and all that jazz.

MIXED MEDIA

MetaCartography: Mapping the Mind

The Ongoing Calibration of an Iterative Invention Installation. The Next Iteration: February 13th from 6pm-1am.

event

This American, LIVE!

Public radio theatre for the eyes. A mix of script and improvisation, interviews and monologues, video, sketch, dance. The format, tone, and enthusiasm for personal stories of This American Life, but this is NOT Ira Glass. And this is not your car radio, this is a improv comedy stage in Austin, TX!

SCRIPTED WORK

new plays. classics. first plays.

American Buffalo

True West

The Duck Variations

This Feather House

The Balcony Play

FESTIVALS & COLLABORATIONS

What is a DYSFUNCTION? It’s a workshop, it’s a festival, and it’s a show. It’s all three in every show. It’s a smorgasbord fiesta safari of localized ART. Theatre, dance, puppetry, film, storytelling, stand-up, sketch, performance art, videogames, fine art. All based on a central theme.

The DysFunction

An event geared to bring a bunch of Austin theatre groups into one room to show their stuff and help raise funds for our 2011 production of Sam Shepard’s True West. Hosted by the inimitable singer/songwriter Southpaw Jones, a dozen or so theatre companies each presented on theme of familial dysfunction.

The Winter of Our DysContent

Beware the Ides! In March of 2013, Dystheatre garnered the forces of a dozen Austonian Theatre Troupes for a fine display of piteous moans, resplendent visions, undying love, and pontiferous fissions, to celebrate the Bard of Avon’s grande influence on our global communities.

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

SEVEN showcases in 2014 concerning “Time Travel And Other Quantum Phenomena.” There was/is/will-always-be Late Night Time Machine, fine arts, time-travel novel excerpts read by the author, music, improv, stand-up, devised plays, select cenes from ongoing quantum-entanglement plays, mindmaps, revivals, dancing between eras, a travelling salesrat, and more!

THE COMPANY

Missions:

1. To foster and document a global discourse on artful strategies for enacting change in one’s self and one’s community, for finding meaning, strengthening memory, and balancing proactive productivity with emotional well-being.

2. To create spaces where personal styles of expression can shine through both in new creations and revitalized productions of essential classics.

Michael Ferstenfeld

Michael Ferstenfeld

Producing Artistic Director

Todd Mein

Todd Mein

Artist

Jeff Britt

Jeff Britt

Cofounder & Writer

Linda Ramsey

Linda Ramsey

Writer

Lindsey McKenna

Lindsey McKenna

Cofounding & Costumery

Julie Moore

Julie Moore

Resident Clown

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.