Genre: Comedy, Musical
©Nannette Deasy
Conceived by Nannette Deasy and Directed by Robert Baumgardner

You're Invited to an Improvised and Interactive Birthday Party

Jamie McCluskey is turning 12 and you're invited to join the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble as they celebrate THE BIG DAY! When their comedy show Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid! hits the Producers' Club in New York, there'll be games, goodie bags, a birthday cake and plenty of mayhem. Jamie may be just a "stupid kid," but it's the adults who are out of control in this improvised and interactive birthday party. You'll get to join in the fun while witnessing the over-the-top antics of Jamie's family. Plus, at each show, IRTE's cast of seasoned improvisers will be joined by a different musical guest.

Celebrating its fifth season, the award-winning group of trained actors work to develop, produce and perform a full season of original themed, theatrically-staged, and character-driven comedy shows based in improvisation and following the basic model of seasonal repertory theatre. IRTE has won praise for elevating the art of improvisational theatre while opening it up to a broader audience of theatergoers. Adding simple costumes, props, and strong characters and you get a very theatrical, raw, ridiculous and irreverent, narrative-driven and completely improvised show that has made a powerful impact around the country
As with all IRTE shows, Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid! will also include a musical guest, connecting the the­atre-going public, not only to this new form of Improv but to up & coming indie music talents.
Most recently, IRTE performed at the Theatre for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, three sea­sons of the Del Close Marathon, Philadelphia Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, two seasons of the Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre and Film Festival, Tampa Improv Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, and Portland Improv Festival. They enjoyed a residency at Gotham City Improv, and were honored with the 2014 Supreme Honor­ary Improvised Theater & Film Award for Outstanding Genre Performance by Unscripted New York. They were named one of the “Seven Must-See Shows” of the 2014 Boston Comedy Arts Festival.


Evie AronsonWilliam BergMelissa Cole, Nannette Deasy, Curt Dixon, Brianna Lee, and Jamie Maloney

Featuring Musical Guests:
Rew Starr - May 13
Craig Greenberg - May 14
Small Batch Mafia - May 20
Mr. David Jay - May 21

Please note that due to the improvisational nature of the shows, there may be some adult content. Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older with parental guidance.

About the Company: IRTE: The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble

IRTE: The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, an ensemble of theatrical actors and writers who will develop, produce, and perform a season of original themed improvisational shows and video sketches following the basic model of traditional repertory theatre. 

Open:   05/13/16
Close:   05/21/16

Fridays & Saturdays May 13, 14, 20 & 21 - 8:00-9:00pm:
Theater:   The Producer's Club
Address:   358 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10001
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