The Playground Improv Marathon: 30 Hours of Comedy Benefiting Child Literacy

30 Hours of Comedy Benefiting Child Literacy “5 Actors. 30 Hours. No Script. No Sleep. No Sanity.”

When: 5 p.m. Friday, November 30 – 11 p.m. Saturday, December 1 Cost: $5-$10 per hour-long show, $25 for a full 30-hour pass On November 30th – December 1st at the Playground Theater, local improv troupe K.C. Redheart will perform 30 straight hours of comedy as part of the third annual Playground Improv Marathon, a charity event benefiting the Illinois Coalition of Reach Out and Read. The five members of K.C. Redheart will test the endurance of their wits, going without sleep while performing for the Marathon’s entire 30 hours. Each hour will mark the start of a new show as K.C. Redheart welcomes guests from around the city to improvise with them, including performers from CIC, Upstairs Gallery, Second City, ComedySportz, the Annoyance Theatre, iO, and the marathon’s home, The Playground Theater. With the help of so many different performers, the Playground Improv Marathon will showcase the diversity and vitality of Chicago’s improv scene. There will be short-form games a la “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” experimental and narrative long-form shows, family-friendly shows during the day, and anything-goes sets during the late-night hours. As an added bonus, the audience will witness the Marathoners’ transformation from well adjusted, productive members of society to sleep deprived comedy zombies that fiend for laughs instead of brains. And most importantly, all of the proceeds go to a great cause. The Playground Improv Marathon begins Friday evening, November 30th, at 5 p.m. and ends Saturday night, December 1st, at 11pm. Tickets are available at the door, and prices are as follows: $5 for matinee shows, $10 for prime-time shows, and $25 for passes to the entire Marathon.

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