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Monday, July 27, 2015

Bad Dog's third annual Summer Blockbuster Week hits the stage August 17-22


SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER WEEK 2015
AUGUST 17-22, 2015

The Bad Dog Theatre Company presents the return of SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER WEEK
Live, high-octane silver screen inspired unscripted comedy with special guests
Easy Action from Montreal.

The Bad Dog Theatre Company brings the high-octane action, intensity and deliciously terrible dialogue of the quintessential summer blockbuster from the silver screen to the live stage, completely unscripted. Explosions, car chases, catch phrases and slick moustaches - some of Canada’s funniest improvisers will perform genre-bending cinematic homages August 17 to 22, 2015 at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre.

Festival highlights include:
  • Montreal’s Marc Rowlands and Brent Skagford will take Toronto into the danger zone with EASY ACTION.  It’s pulse-pounding, edge-of-your seat excitement... all without the use of stunt-doubles, wires, or scripts! Described by Glenn Sumi of NOW Magazine as “...brilliant. Great character, story & physicality.”
  • Award-winning Canadian comedy powerhouses Evany Rosen (Picnicface) and Kayla Lorette (The Sufferettes) team up as hard hitting studio execs in Network Notes, taking perfectly acceptable scenes and ripping them to shreds with their particularly delightful (and well-informed) insights and suggestions for “improvement”.
  • Fringe darlings Sex T-Rex, grace the stage after their hit show SwordPlay. Capturing all the excitement of a big screen blockbuster they present breathtaking action, bone-crunching fight scenes, and heartbreaking drama, entirely improvised by cast members Conor Bradbury, Kaitlin Morrow, Julian Frid, Josef Addleman and Seann Murray.
  • Throne of Games, a hilarious, live, unscripted, award-nominated interpretation of George R.R. Martin’s bestselling medieval fantasy series - Game of Thrones - returns for one night only in an epic sequel episode to its multiple smash-hit runs at Comedy Bar & the 2013 Next Stage Festival, directed by Colin Munch (Punch Up)
  • Multi-disciplinary wizard Nick Di Gaetano of Ottawa’s Mi Casa Theatre directs Edge of the Empire, an arctic-themed dieselpunk adventure with humans and puppets
  • An all star cast of Toronto’s finest performers including  Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Nicole Dunn (Fake Cops) & Nug Nahrgang (Cannibal) take the stage in Showstopper, the improvised Hollywood musical - while Alice Moran & Kevin Vidal (both of City TV’s Sunnyside) tackle the tropes of Disney musicals in Lost Boys.
  • PLUS special Blockbuster editions of Bad Dog’s weekly in-house shows Micetro and Theatresports and the annual Blockbuster favourite: Brodown Throwdown - three improvised movies will begin, but only one will survive to see the end credits… and the audience gets to choose!


Summer Blockbuster Week
August 17-22, 2015

Opening night: Monday, August 17
Closing night: Saturday, August 22
Monday-Thursday: 8PM & 9:30PM
Friday-Saturday: 8PM, 9:30PM, 11PM
Tickets: $12 General / $10 Students/Arts Worker
Evening Passes: $15 Mon-Thurs / $18 Fri-Sat
Week Long Festival Pass: $50
Bad Dog Comedy Theatre
875 Bloor Street West

FULL SCHEDULE
Show title (genre)

Monday, August 17
8PM Ghost Love (ghost romance) / Good Evening (suspense/thriller)
9:30PM One Man Army (action) / Mock Band (rockumentary)

Tuesday, August 18
8PM Cutting Room Floor (movie-themed game show)
9:30PM Coming Soon (previews) / Sex T-Rex (action/adventure)

Wednesday, August 19
8PM Blockbuster Micetro (Survivor-style competition)
9:30PM Rad Max (dystopian action/adventure) / Showstopper (Hollywood musical)

Thursday August 20
8PM Lost Boys (Disney Musical) / From the Ashes (post-apocalyptic)
9:30PM Edge of the Empire (dieselpunk puppet adventure) / Easy Action

Friday August 21
8PM Downton Toronto (period drama) / Easy Action
9:30PM Cool Chicken (party/action)
11PM Network Notes (behind-the-scenes)

Saturday August 22
8PM Blockbuster Theatresports (team vs. team competition)
9:30PM Throne of Games (epic fantasy)
11PM Brodown Throwdown/Director’s Cut (cinematic showdown)

For more information, schedules, photos & interviews, please contact:
Lisa Amerongen at lisa@baddogtheatre.com or 416-706-1945

About the Bad Dog Theatre Company
For over 30 years, the award-winning Bad Dog Theatre Company (previously known as Theatresports Toronto) has specialized in the art of unscripted comedy and improvised performance and has provided affordable, accessible improv training for thousands of people of all ages and experience. Dubbed “Toronto’s improv hub” by NOW Magazine and led by renowned improv veteran Julie Dumais Osborne, Bad Dog presents Theatresports, Toronto’s longest, continuously running improv show, every Saturday along with shows throughout the week at its home: the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor St. W.)

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