Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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IRTE, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, returns to Asheville with The Experiment, a fully improvised B-movie sci-fi comic thriller. Time-traveling creatures from inside your mind... Genetically-modified clones of your worst-nightmare-self... Hold onto your seats because anything can happen when the twisted minds of IRTE meld with the spur- of-the-moment suggestions of the audience in this improvised B-movie sci-fi thriller that will have you laughing, screaming, and dying for more! This improvised send-up of glorious B movie thrillers (the kind you might catch on a sleepless night while flipping through some of your more obscure cable channels) invites the audience to help create a Sci-Fi flick. Conceived and Directed by Bill Berg, 'The Experiment' features IRTE company members Robert Baumgardner, Jamie Maloney, and Nannette Deasy (founder and Artistic Director of IRTE), and guests of IRTE, Sam Katz and Connie Perry. Performing two nights at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival - 1/25 & 1/27 at 7 p.m. at downtown Asheville's Sly Grog Lounge.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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This year’s Asheville Fringe Arts Festival (AFAF) will be its most fearless yet, with dozens of performances that push the boundaries of art in our community. “This year we have performances that include a wide variety of genres with some surprising themes that have emerged that seem to be in a direct response to the current social climate and events, which makes the festival extremely relevant and exciting”, says Jim Julien, Co-Artistic Director. Some themes that have emerged this year are Raw Emotion, Wildly Weird, Experimental Art and Social Justice. There are over 30 ticketed performances and several Random Acts of Fringe (which are free to the public). Shows run Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28 at 7 & 9pm (earlier on Sunday). Don’t forget to catch the after-parties each night where you can meet the artists and chat about your favorite Fringe shows! There will also be Random Acts of Fringe at each after party.  The full list of performances and artists, the festival schedule, show descriptions, and after party details will be posted on the website www.ashevillefringe.org by December 15. Freak Pass tickets will go on sale at that time. Freak Passes allow the ticket holder to see as many shows as they can fit in (usually about 8 shows) for one low price of $50.00.  Individual tickets for each show range between $13-$16 and will go on sale January 1. See www.AshevilleFringe.org for ticketing links.

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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble returns to Asheville with The Experiment, a fully improvised B-movie sci-fi comic thriller. Time-traveling creatures from inside your mind... Genetically-modified clones of your worst-nightmare-self… Hold onto your seats because anything can happen when the twisted minds of IRTE meld with the spur-of-the-moment suggestions of the audience in this improvised B-movie sci-fi thriller that will have you laughing, screaming, and dying for more! This improvised send-up of glorious B movie thrillers (the kind you might catch on a sleepless night while flipping through some of your more obscure cable channels) invites the audience to help create a Sci-Fi flick. Entering its seventh season, the award-winning group of actors develop, produce and perform original themed, theatrically-staged, and character-driven comedy shows based in improvisation. IRTE has won praise for elevating the art of improvisational theatre while opening it up to a broader audience of theatergoers. By adding simple costumes, props, and strong characters, IRTE presents a very theatrical, raw, ridiculous and irreverent, narrative-driven and completely improvised show that has made a powerful impact around the country. IRTE was thrilled to have been a part of last year's Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and honored to have been named "Artists Whose Work made Me Laugh the Most." Most recently, IRTE performed at the Providence Fringe Festival, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Theatre for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, the Del Close Marathon, Philadelphia Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre and Film Festival, Tampa Improv Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, and Portland Improv Festival. They enjoyed a residency at Gotham City Improv, and were honored with the 2014 Supreme Honor¬ary Improvised Theater & Film Award for Outstanding Genre Performance by Unscripted New York. They were named one of the “Seven Must-See Shows” of the 2014 Boston Comedy Arts Festival. Now on Broadway called The Experiment, "...very funny... For a unique improv experience, full of laughs, sci-fi, and a bit of suspense go experience The Experiment." Critics have had this to say about IRTE... "...the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble has become one of the leading improv troupes in merry old Manhattan and a welcome and uproarious asset to festivals and other engagements across the country. The innovative group mixes retro humor, clever off-on-the-spot wit, and classic theatrical techniques to present wildly unique and wildly funny shows." Natasha Dawsen, Drama Queens "Magnificent... fantastic... one of the finest improv troupes today!" Outerstage, IRTE MITF A-OK "I was basically laughing from beginning to end, all the while remaining in complete awe of how seamlessly the company members worked together to pull it off." Catherine Santino, Spoiled NYC, The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is an annual performing arts, multiple venue festival that provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Founded in 2002, AFAF has been keeping Asheville interesting for over a decade. Please note that due to the improvisational nature of the shows, there may be some adult content. Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older with parental guidance.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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IRTE, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, returns to Asheville with The Experiment, a fully improvised B-movie sci-fi comic thriller. Time-traveling creatures from inside your mind... Genetically-modified clones of your worst-nightmare-self... Hold onto your seats because anything can happen when the twisted minds of IRTE meld with the spur- of-the-moment suggestions of the audience in this improvised B-movie sci-fi thriller that will have you laughing, screaming, and dying for more! This improvised send-up of glorious B movie thrillers (the kind you might catch on a sleepless night while flipping through some of your more obscure cable channels) invites the audience to help create a Sci-Fi flick. Conceived and Directed by Bill Berg, 'The Experiment' features IRTE company members Robert Baumgardner, Jamie Maloney, and Nannette Deasy (founder and Artistic Director of IRTE), and guests of IRTE, Sam Katz and Connie Perry. Performing two nights at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival - 1/25 & 1/27 at 7 p.m. at downtown Asheville's Sly Grog Lounge.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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