Your chance to experience the full offerings of Upstairs at The B! Join us in our intimate event space upstairs for improv comedy, live podcasts, boozy play readings and live role playing!
Upstairs at The B Festival includes:
POISON BOOT - A live podcast with host Dave Pierini. Named after the theatre folklore of “what happens when the gun doesn’t go off,” Poison Boot features Pierini interviewing actors about the high anxiety moments on stage when the script couldn’t save them. In the second act, an improv team performs a skit based on the story. This Poison Boot will feature an interview with Tara Sissom. Tara is a company member and former intern at the B Street Theatre. In between those tenures, she lived and worked in Chicago. She has appeared on Broadway in Eugene O’Neil’s THE ICEMAN COMETH with Nathan Lane and numerous shows for the New Colony theatre company in Chicago.
SEEKERS OF THE STRANGE -Based off of the classic model of Dungeons and Dragons, company member John Lamb will bring live role playing to the stage. John and other familiar faces will get out their 20-sided die and role to see who lives and who dies as they battle mysteries and paranormal situations. Audience suggestions and support will guide them on their quest to understand the strange. Perfect for those who enjoy HarmonQuest or classic RPGs.
NEW PLAY BRUNCH - Eat waffles and drink mimosas while enjoying a play reading of BROTHER SISTER by Tara Sissom. Two siblings fight to stop their childhood home from being sold amidst scandal, deceit, drugs and a potentially evil AI in this fast-paced and ridiculous new play from company member and co-playwright of Treatment & 11:11, Tara Sissom.
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY - Company Members Dave Pierini, Tara Sissom, Stephanie Altholz and guests perform classic long-form improvisation for a late-night audience. Coming out of Chicago’s comedy scene, the Harold has been used by famous improv groups like Second City which developed comedic talent such as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Based off an audience suggestion, performers will create a one-night-only improvised play, so every performance will be unique! As an exciting caveat, if we do achieve “maximum occupancy” aka a sell out show, we buy everyone pizza!