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Silent J // RejecTed Taks (Athenaeum Theater - Studio One)

Athenaeum Theater (Studio 1) $15

2936 N Southport AVE Chicago, IL 60657

Silent J: 

Silent J is an improvised one-man show with no words. Using music to inspire scenes, Jake Dewar creates characters and environments in an energized, theatrical style reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, with a modern twist. 

Jake Dewar is an actor, comedian, musician and filmmaker in the Chicago area. Check out more of his work at!

RejecTed Talks: 

This show was created with a very straightforward premise: Improvise inspiring, intelligent and uplifting talks on important topics in the style of TED Talks using slide presentations. The catch is that the performers have not seen the slides and have no idea what they will say before their talk begins.

Alex LeBaron is a current cast member of the Under the Gun ensemble. In the past, he has performed as a part of ImprovBoston's Mainstage, Touring Company, Harold Night along with numerous showcase shows and improvised musicals. Alex has appeared in numerous Under the Gun shows including: #trending, Based on a True Story, Clark Street Confessions, In Tone, Live Band Comedy, and This Movie is Not Yet Made. He is an instructor with Under the Gun's Apprentice Program and has taught at ImprovBoston in the past. Alex is also the Associate Producer of Snubfest.

Gabe Caruso is an Oregon native. He moved to Chicago in 2010 to study improv and hasn’t stopped since. In these three years he has performed in dramatic improvised plays with Theatre Momentum, become a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory and Second City’s Musical Improv conservatory programs, has studied improv under Jimmy Carrane and Kevin Mullaney, and released a hip-hop album and a mix-tape. His most notable roles have been “Vinny” in Jersey Shore: The Musical, and “Best Man” in his brother’s wedding. He recently became a co-artistic director of Dark Humour Productions, which was founded in 2012. He lives in Uptown with his girlfriend Ginny and their dog Gage. Gabe also makes the best omelettes you’ve ever tasted.

Kevin has taught improvisation for 20 years, first for iO Theater, then for the UCB Theatre in New York and now for Under the Gun Theater in Chicago. He is the Artistic Director of Under the Gun Theater and the host of the IRC Improv Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Last year he directed One Act Roulette, an ongoing and ever changing one act play festival with both scripted and improvised plays. He latest shows include #trending, Based on a True Story, Dear James Franco and Vampyre Hunter High.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best "Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach".