The Hideout’s 48-Hour Improv Marathon Returns!

This grueling yes-and fest won’t put you to sleep, citizen

Who does something like this? People who are dedicated, certainly. People who are also a tad obsessed, maybe. And, ultimately – more to the point of bang-for-your-buck entertainment value – talented and funny people who are more than a little bit dedicated and obsessed.

Eight will begin! Will all of them survive?

Yes, the Hideout Theatre's 48-Hour Improv Marathon is back after a four-year hiatus.

And, as part of the Hideout's commitment to increasing diversity in improv, this year the core eight improvisers are all members of the BIPOC improv community.

That’s right: This year you won’t risk going, like, snowblind from all the white, white, white as you watch professional performers tearing up the venue’s well-trod boards all arch and extemporaneous.

Many other local troupes and solo stars will be joining in as the hours progress, of course, cycling through to supercharge the manic mayhem with their own unique styles in show after show after show. But only eight stalwart individuals will keep going nonstop for 48 hours.

From 5pm on Fri., May 19, to 5pm on Sun., May 21.

And who are those eight?

Look: Adrian Prado, Cass Gutierrez, J.R. Zambrano, Jess von Schramm, Lahari Dunn, Steph Vasquez Fonseca, Tyler Groce, and Stephanie Rae.

If you didn’t know them before, you’ll know them now – although, at the very end? When sleep beckons like an especially skilled lover and eyelids threaten to slam shut with every heartbeat? Near the end, the eight super-troupers may hardly know themselves.

So, do we have to come right out and say how highly recommended this odd spectacle at The Hideout (617 Congress) is? Oh, gosh, we just did.

Note: Each hour to attend – to watch these champions soar and then, as time takes its relentless toll, to witness them struggle valiantly against the need for rest – will set you back $5. Or, a much better value, you could buy an all-marathon pass for just $48 and catch the action whenever you choose.

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