JAMAICA PLAIN, MA (October 6, 2014) – October 30 to November 1, The Riot Theater will be presenting its opening weekend in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The Riot Theater, produced by Improv Jones Boston will be presenting a wide variety of improv comedy shows Thursday through Saturday nights each weekend. The theater will be located at 146A South Street where it will be sharing a storefront with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra.
One of the theater’s featured shows is ComedySportz Boston, Boston’s branch of the popular improv format, which pits two teams against each other for the audience’s laughs and points. ComedySportz Boston will be continuing its residency in Somerville at the Davis Square Theater on Saturday Nights, while additionally taking up a weekly show on Fridays at 8 p.m. at The Riot.
Also featured opening weekend will be Magic: The Gathering: The Show. It is an improvised parody tribute to the iconic nerdcore card game, Magic: The Gathering. After premiering at the Geek Week Comedy Festival, and coming off a feature run at ImprovBoston, MTG:TS will be opening Saturday, November 1at The Riot.
“It is very exciting,” says The Riot Theater Artistic Director, Joe Gels, “I have been doing improv and fringe theater in Boston for years. It has always been very apparent to me that there just aren’t enough stages for the wealth of talent we have here in Boston and JP is a perfect place for it, a strong community of people who love the arts and yet has very little comedy scene.”
“ImprovBoston is proud to support New England's growing comedy scene and thrilled to partner with The Riot for monthly shows in JP,” says Mike Descoteaux, artistic director of ImprovBoston, “An ImprovBoston cast member himself, Joe is a testament to Boston's increasingly collaborative spirit. We know, under his leadership, The Riot will provide valuable stage time to deserving artists and laughter to eager audiences.”
The Riot’s opening weekend will feature:
·Indie Night on Thursday October 30 at 8 p.m., ·ComedySportz Boston on Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m. ·Goosebumps: Choose Your Scare on Friday, October 31 at 10 p.m.. ·Magic: The Gathering: The Show on Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m.. ·Improv Jones Boston on Saturday, November 1 at 10 p.m..
Additionally, ImprovBoston’s Touring Company will be performing at the theater the third Saturday of every month at 8 p.m. Full schedule of events and tickets can be found at theriottheater.com. All shows are at 146A South Street in Jamaica Plain
Artistic Director Joe Gels is a theater teacher in Boston Public Schools and has been an active member of the Boston improv community for nearly 10 years. He is one of the founding members of Improv Jones Boston with whom he still performs and directs. He is also a cast member of ImprovBoston’s Family Show and ComedySportz Boston.
Improv Jones Boston is the producer of The Riot Theater and a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization. Improv Jones has been performing in the Boston area since 2006 and is excited to open this space for the wider improv community and for all who love to laugh.
Press contact Joseph Gels firstname.lastname@example.org 6176507995
Riot Theater Company shows take place in hybrid between Zoom and Joe's Backyard in JP. Purchase tickets for instructions.