BIG is going free in May. The Baltimore Improv Group, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of improv comedy, will make all of its shows free during the month of May, according to BIG Managing Director Terry Withers.
“It’s an exciting experiment for us. When I first proposed we not charge anything for our shows, I got some weird looks. But the more I talked to members of our community about it, the more people got excited,” said Withers. “Improvisers are generous by their nature, and none of us is in this to make a fortune. What we want most of all is to share the wonderful fun of watching and participating in improv comedy.”
The improv group performs six nights a week at its current home The BIG Theater at 1727 N. Charles Street in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
Highlights on the May calendar include Shakespeare Out of the Park (Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.); We Need a Hero, (Saturdays at 8 p.m.), an epic improvised spoof of “Avengers: Infinity War;” and BIG TIME (Fridays at 8 p.m.), in which a Baltimorean of note is interviewed on stage only to have the interview spun into no-holds-barred comedy. May’s guests include Jamyla Krempel (WYPR, May 4) and Lou Catelli (the “patron saint of Hampden,” May 25).
“Improv has its roots as a performing art form for the everyday person. It isn’t ballet or opera. It’s all about listening, sharing ideas and supporting each other’s disparate points of view with abandon,” said Withers. “I think free tickets underlines our commitment to those values. We want you here, we don’t care about your money. If a month of free shows results in just one or two more great improvisers joining our community, it will have been immeasurably worth it."
Now in its 14th season, Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) is dedicated to advancing the art and appreciation of improvisational theatre in the Greater Baltimore area through a dynamic program of performance, instruction, and outreach. A 501(c)3 non-profit, BIG believes in “Yes Anding” its community members, students, performers, audience and the larger citizenship of Baltimore, both on and offstage. If you’re looking for a laugh or to make great new friends, then you’ve found your home at BIG.
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