A world-class city deserves world-class improv…and Miami is about to get it!
On August 1st, 2015, Celebrate the grand opening of Villain Theater, Miami’s new home for Chicago-style improv comedy and sketch, located in the MADE at the Citadel in Miami’s up-and-coming Little River neighborhood.
Co-founders Jeff Quintana and Peter Mir both hail from Miami. Jeff began performing in 2003 as part of the group Impromedy, where he met Peter. Since then, Jeff has gone on to study and perform at Theatre Strike Force, Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater, Peoples Improv Theater, Groundlings, Annoyance Theater, Theatre Momentum, One Group Mind, Comedy Sportz Chicago, Playground Theater, Second City, and the legendary iO Theater.
Peter graduated from Florida International University with a BA in theater, and has performed in New York’s East Village at Teatro Circulo as well as at FIU’s Alternative Theater Festival in shows like “Catherine’s Wheel” by Juan C. Sanchez, The Project [theatre]’s production of “US Drag” by Gina Gionfriddo, and “A Kiss Between Friends” by Brian Cohen at Micro Theater Miami.
Villian Theater’s grand opening celebration will feature very special guests and veteran Chicago improvisers from iO Chicago: Timmy Mayse and Cesar Jaime.
Cesar Jaime is an actor and improviser in Chicago who has been performing at the iO theater for over 15 years. Dallas-based Timmy Mayse can be seen performing at iO with DeepSchwa and Fetch, the Annoyance Theater in various plays and occasionally does shows at the Playground Theater as well. He has toured the high seas with Second City aboard the NCL Pearl performing archived material, performed various shows with MissionImprovable and is a member of Baby Wants Candy. He has also appeared in Shameless and The Playboy Club as well as commercial and web work for 5/3rd Bank, U.S. Cellular and Norton Anti-Virus. You can also see him in “Break-Up’s” the web series in which he won Best Actor Gold Coast Film Festival 2012. In addition to performing improv, he has also written 2 one man shows, performed in Chicago’s Sketchfest three years in a row, performed in “Alone” for TBS Just for Laughs in 2012 and dabbles in stand-up as well as putting comedy to paper in the form of writing.
Here’s what’s in store for the big night:
6:00pm : Happy Hour Improv Mixer FREE!
Villain alumni past and present join improvisers from all over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming great friendships and one night only scene partners. Each week has a music theme that will inspire the scenes such as “Super Heroes” which would be all music from Super Hero Films and TV Shows! Sign up starts at 5:30.
7:30pm : The First And StuPID!
Villain’s first professional show of the evening kicks of Saturday Gigantic with a bang. Two hilarious improv ensembles take the stage to bring you a double dose of Chicago style improv that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. The shows and groups are constantly evolving and no two shows are the same.
9:30pm: Black Out And Miami Noise Machine: The Improvised Musical
Black Out is a show made up of scenes completely controlled by the “Lighting Minions.” They have taken over the booth and now the performers will have no idea how long or short each scene will be before the lights go out on them! Could be a :30 second scene or it could be a 5 minute scene. You never know what the Mischievous and Devious Lighting Minions have in store for our Villains but you can be sure it will be hilarious and have a pretty cool sound track!
10pm: Miami Noise Machine: The Improvised Musical
Miami Noise Machine takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a full musical on the spot! Each character, song and dance number is entirely made up!
11:00pm The OCTA-GONE: Ultimate Funny Championship $5
The OCTA-GONE: Ultimate Funny Championship is a no holds barred battle for comedy supremacy and free drinks! Each week 3 improv ensembles enter the ring and only one can survive! The audience will decide who lives to continue their run and who dies (of Laughter). Come out and get your chance to act like a Roman Caesar and give the thumbs up and thumbs down to these comedy Gladiators! This show is hosted by 900 time OCTA-GONE Champion “Franz FistaFace”!
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15, online for $12, and an early ticket price of $10 now through July 29, 2015.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase.