Holiday Snapshot @ BATS Improv
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Holiday Snapshot @ BATS Improv

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our talented cast of improvisers takes their inspiration from photographs provided by you, the audience! Each scene will start with a new photograph, and the scenes are most likely unrelated. The evocative, non-literal nature of photographs allows the actors to discover their way into characters and situations through the feeling that the images inspire, creating a night of improvised theatre that is as hilarious as it is heartwarming.

More info and tickets HERE.

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Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of “Oliver!” and “A Christmas Carol”, BATS brings you a brand new, improvised on-the-spot Holiday Musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 

With bigger-than-life characters and songs created right before your eyes, this show will warm your heart, and have you singing “Please, I want some more”!

More info and tickets HERE.

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Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv
Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of “Oliver!” and “A Christmas Carol”, BATS brings you a brand new, improvised on-the-spot Holiday Musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 

With bigger-than-life characters and songs created right before your eyes, this show will warm your heart, and have you singing “Please, I want some more”!

More info and tickets HERE.

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Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

Mark your calendars and stay tuned here for a ticket link!

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Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

Mark your calendars and stay tuned here for a ticket link!

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv
Sep
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv

A Completely Improvised 3-Act Play.
We have no idea where the play will be set and no clue what the plot will be, but with a few suggestions from you, we’ll create a surprising, moving and brand new play right on the spot. The result is a character-driven, heartfelt and unpredictable experience sure to surprise and delight. Each show, and each play is a one-night-only experience.
 

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv

A Completely Improvised 3-Act Play.
We have no idea where the play will be set and no clue what the plot will be, but with a few suggestions from you, we’ll create a surprising, moving and brand new play right on the spot. The result is a character-driven, heartfelt and unpredictable experience sure to surprise and delight. Each show, and each play is a one-night-only experience.

For more info and tickets, click HERE.
 

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Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv
Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv

Mysteries and magic, heroes and thieves, animal fables and tales of love everlasting! Watch as we spontaneously create new chapters for the timeless Arabian classic anthology.  This is an exciting partnership with Zawaya, a local Arabic arts non-profit organization who will be providing improvised musicians for our show.  Please come be transported to the oases and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula in this performance!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

 

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Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv

Mysteries and magic, heroes and thieves, animal fables and tales of love everlasting! Watch as we spontaneously create new chapters for the timeless Arabian classic anthology.  This is an exciting partnership with Zawaya, a local Arabic arts non-profit organization who will be providing improvised musicians for our show.  Please come be transported to the oases and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula in this performance!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

 

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WORKSHOP: The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Aug
10
to Aug 13

WORKSHOP: The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test is a lens we can use to look at how women show up in works of fiction.  Named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, it asks the question, "Is there a scene between two women talking to each other about something other than a man?"

The remarkably low percentage of films and stories that pass this test points to the fact that we all have grown accustomed to creating and seeing stories centering around men.  And as story creators we often perpetuate that pattern. 

Debuting on the main stage at BATS in August 2016, the Bechdel test format aims to explore the complexities, relationships, and stories of women.  Simply deciding to make stories whose main characters are women - good, bad, likeable and not - is a departure from the stories that we often consume and create!

This format includes both men and women - it is not a female-only class, as this is not a female-only issue! The class is for a experienced improvisors with performance experience.

Taught by Lisa Rowland and Dave Dennison.

For more info, click here.

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Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
Aug
5
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company

Two improvised “films” unfold simultaneously as four actors, playing numerous characters, collaborate to create a theatrical experience that juggles a pair of completely different stories. The results are not only entertaining, but often suspenseful and moving.

Cast: Rafe Chase, Rez Graham, Lisa Rowland, and Regina Saisi.

"Four Actors, one musician and one light technician create two original feature-length stories and it is completely, hysterically outrageous... you're left with only with aching cheeks and the sense of giddiness that comes from experiencing fearlessness."
-JoAnne Tobias, The San Francisco Guide

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company

Two improvised “films” unfold simultaneously as four actors, playing numerous characters, collaborate to create a theatrical experience that juggles a pair of completely different stories. The results are not only entertaining, but often suspenseful and moving.

Cast: Rafe Chase, Rez Graham, Lisa Rowland, and Regina Saisi.

"Four Actors, one musician and one light technician create two original feature-length stories and it is completely, hysterically outrageous... you're left with only with aching cheeks and the sense of giddiness that comes from experiencing fearlessness."
-JoAnne Tobias, The San Francisco Guide

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Theatresports Championship @ BATS Improv
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Theatresports Championship @ BATS Improv

BATS' signature improvised theatre competition heats up for Summer as teams representing fictionally-fabulous countries go head-to-head in a battle to see who can improvise the best scenes, songs, and games.  Everything scored by our panel of Olympic-style judges and there's tons of audience interaction and involvement!  The winning team wins the right to represent BATS Improv in our annual August Grudge Match against Impro Theatre from Los Angeles.

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Improvised Star Trek @ BATS Improv
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Star Trek @ BATS Improv

A completely improvised salute to that classic sci-fi TV series of the 60s!Instead seeing Kirk and Spock (or spoofs of Kirk and Spock), our talented cast of actors willuse your suggestions tobeam aboard an entirely new crew of characters, created and introduced on the spot!

Even the Starship will be named by you, the audience. Its mission: to explore new characters, to seek out new dangerous and intense relationships, and to boldly go where no improv has gone before!

Like every show at BATS, nothing will have been pre-planned or discussed in advance. There are no stock characters or pre-determined plot points or situations. Everything from the plot, to the dialogue, to the characters, to the music and even the lighting cues and sound effects will be made up on the spot!

For tickets and more info, click HERE.

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Speechless @ Public Works
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Speechless @ Public Works

Speechless Live features presentations without preparation. At Speechless, our line-up of comedians, storytellers and improvisers have to give presentations with no preparation, on topics unknown to them with a deck full of images they have never seen before. Who will win the night? We have no idea, it's #improv!

For tickets and more info, click HERE.

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Monster Baby: Live!  Improvisation+ Mindfulness Retreat
Jun
9
to Jun 14

Monster Baby: Live! Improvisation+ Mindfulness Retreat

This retreat focuses on the intersection between improvisation and mindfulness, looking at ways they join the skills of attention, honesty, presence, generosity and boldness.  A five-day experience in beautiful Mere Point, Maine, fully catered with delicious meals and ample time to enjoy the natural beauty of the place, this retreat incorporates daily practices of mindfulness, movement and play to engage your body, mind and spirit.

For more info, click HERE.

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Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stanford University
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stanford University

  • Stanford University, Roble Studio Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of a year-long festival of Long-Form improvisation, Improv Playhouse takes the stage at Stanford University's brand new Roble Theater for a weekend of free shows.  Performing their signature format, The Naked Stage, IPSF will be joined by original company member, Ben Johnson, back in from New York for the weekend!  Tickets are free but must be reserved through Eventbrite, so please visit link below to do so on or after May 8.  

Also note: Tickets for the festival have tended to "sell out" quickly, however, it is likely that there will be seats remaining on the night of as many people with tickets don't end up attending.  If you end up on the waitlist, please do show up so that you can be in line for available tickets the night of the show!  

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stanford University
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stanford University

As part of a year-long festival of Long-Form improvisation, Improv Playhouse takes the stage at Stanford University's brand new Roble Theater for a weekend of free shows.  Performing their signature format, The Naked Stage, IPSF will be joined by original company member, Ben Johnson, back in from New York for the weekend!  Tickets are free but must be reserved through Eventbrite, so please visit link below to do so on or after May 8.  

Also note: Tickets for the festival have tended to "sell out" quickly, however, it is likely that there will be seats remaining on the night of as many people with tickets don't end up attending.  If you end up on the waitlist, please do show up so that you can be in line for available tickets the night of the show!  

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Improvised Farce @ BATS Improv
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Farce @ BATS Improv

A mad-cap comedy of comings and goings!  Enter a fast-paced world filled with larger than life characters and improbable situations as BATS takes on farce - a classic comedic genre rooted in timing and precision execution. Every show will feature a new set of spirited characters created on the spot by our cast talented cast of actors.

Every show will be completely unique and inspired by your suggestions. Get ready for a delightfully fun night of misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and slamming doors!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Praise or Punishment @ BATS Improv
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Praise or Punishment @ BATS Improv

Theatre with consequences!  Each night, five passionate player-directors fight to bring their vision to life on the BATS stage. If they're successful, they'll be rewarded with your praise.  But if they fail, they'll have to redeem themselves through a punishment performed live. The director who earns the most "praise" will be declared the winner and take home the coveted "Praise or Punishment" trophy.

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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WORKSHOP: Improvised Shakespeare @ BATS Improv
Apr
12
to May 17

WORKSHOP: Improvised Shakespeare @ BATS Improv

Update: SOLD OUT!

This advanced level six-week class will explore in-depth the devices, language, and characters of Shakespeare's plays.  Culminating in two 90-minute long-form performances on the Bayfront stage, this workshop will allow you to play with a small ensemble of experienced people, familiarizing yourself with the nuances of the genre. We'll go beyond the first layer of Shakespearean language to what lies within the stories and tone of Shakespeare's plays to make them so timeless.

No previous Shakespeare experience is necessary, however this class is designed for students with significant improv and long-form experience.  Admission is based on coach and dean approval.

Performances on May 14 and 21, 7pm @ The Bayfront Theater.

For more info, click here.

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Improvised Farce @ BATS Improv
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Farce @ BATS Improv

A mad-cap comedy of comings and goings!  Enter a fast-paced world filled with larger than life characters and improbable situations as BATS takes on farce - a classic comedic genre rooted in timing and precision execution. Every show will feature a new set of spirited characters created on the spot by our cast talented cast of actors.

Every show will be completely unique and inspired by your suggestions. Get ready for a delightfully fun night of misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and slamming doors!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Praise or Punishment @ BATS Improv
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

Praise or Punishment @ BATS Improv

Theatre with consequences!  Each night, five passionate player-directors fight to bring their vision to life on the BATS stage. If they're successful, they'll be rewarded with your praise.  But if they fail, they'll have to redeem themselves through a punishment performed live. The director who earns the most "praise" will be declared the winner and take home the coveted "Praise or Punishment" trophy.

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Family Drama @ BATS Improv
Nov
26
8:00 PM20:00

Family Drama @ BATS Improv

The compelling narrative of a three-act stage play meets the surprise and excitement of improvisation. Like many traditional American plays, Family Dramaunfolds in real time, on a single set, with each actor portraying only one character.

And because it's improvised, the only thing the actors know is that their characters are related and that they are getting together for the holidays. You, the audience, will selectthe title for the show, which inspires the themes, relationships, stories, etc. Everything else is created right in front of your eyes.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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Super Scene @ BATS Improv
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

Super Scene @ BATS Improv

A grand competition of stories! Five begin, but only your favorite will become the Super Scene in this \audience-choice, directed-improv story competition. Each show starts with the beginning of five different stories - each in its own unique genre. Each story is directed by one our five cast members, who are improvising live in the moment to get exactly what they want from the players. As the stories unfold round-by-round, the audience elminates its least favorite story, until the final round when the Super Scene is performed!

For tickets and more info, click here.

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Family Drama @ BATS Improv
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Family Drama @ BATS Improv

The compelling narrative of a three-act stage play meets the surprise and excitement of improvisation. Like many traditional American plays, Family Dramaunfolds in real time, on a single set, with each actor portraying only one character.

And because it's improvised, the only thing the actors know is that their characters are related and that they are getting together for the holidays. You, the audience, will selectthe title for the show, which inspires the themes, relationships, stories, etc. Everything else is created right in front of your eyes!

For more info and tickets, click here.

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Super Scene @ BATS Improv
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Super Scene @ BATS Improv

A grand competition of stories! Five begin, but only your favorite will become the Super Scene in this audience-choice, directed-improv story competition. Each show starts with the beginning of five different stories - each in its own unique genre. Each story is directed by one our five cast members, who are improvising live in the moment to get exactly what they want from the players. As the stories unfold round-by-round, the audience elminates its least favorite story, until the final round when the Super Scene is performed!

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Double Feature (TM)  @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature (TM) @ Un-Scripted Theater Company

Two improvised “films” unfold simultaneously as the four actors, playing numerous characters, juggle a pair of completely different narratives to create a theatrical experience that is not only entertaining, but often suspenseful and moving.
Cast: Karen Brelsford, Lisa Rowland, Rafe Chase, and Rez Graham

For tickets, click here.

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