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Recent Cutbacks to Return to The PIT with FLY, YOU FOOLS This March

After a year-long sold out run of Hold On To Your Butts (named a "Critic's Pick" and one of the "Ten Best Comedy Shows of 2014" by Time Out New York), The PIT is proud to announce the return of acclaimed theatrical company Recent Cutbacks with FLY, YOU FOOLS, another LIVE shot-for-shot remake. Three actors and a foley artist band together (in fellowship) to bring you a parody of the first chapter in the most epic fantasy trilogy of all time!

"I'm thrilled to continue developing new and exciting work at the intersection of improv, sketch, and traditional theater," says PIT Artistic Director Kevin Laibson.

Part spoof, part tribute, this highly theatrical parody is intensely physical, imaginative, and silly, using only rudimentary props and costumes to recreate iconic moments from the film. Under an hour!

Previews will be at The Peoples Improv Theater (Striker Stage) beginning Monday, March 21, 2016 at 9:30pm, and Performances will run beginning on April 1, 2016 (April Fools' Day) through Friday, April 29 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 for previews and $20 for general admission. Tickets are available at and at the door. The Peoples Improv Theater is located at 123 E 24th St in New York, NY. For more information, visit


Nick Abeel (Writer/Performer) has performed at UCB, 59E59, the Duplex, the Denver Center and the Kennedy Center. He's developed new work with HERE Arts, Dixon Place New Dramatists, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Stage and Film, Partial Comfort, Primary Stages, The Lark, New Georges, and EST/Youngblood. Nick is also a performing company member and Managing Director of Broken Box Mime Theater.

Blair Busbee (Sound/Foley) recently graduated from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and holds a BFA from the University of Evansville. Blair can carry a tune, play ukulele, and tap dance (at the same time).

Kelsey Didion (Musician) is an actress, teacher, musician, and big-time Packers fan. A graduate of the University of Evansville (BS) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA), she's worked with Hunger & Thirst Theatre Collective, The New York Shakespeare Exchange, The PIT, The Studio Theatre/Theatre Row, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and the New Harmony Project. Kelsey is also a certified yoga instructor.

Kristin McCarthy Parker (Director) is an NYC-based director. Recent projects include Puffs, Kapow-i GoGo, Three Day Hangover's Dracula, and Hold On To Your Butts. She's also directed and developed work at Ma-Yi, 59E59, The Flea, HERE, Atlantic Acting School, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and others. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar, Michael Greif, Wendy Goldberg, and Trip Cullman.

Allyson Morgan (Producer) is an actress, writer, producer, and graduate of The Ohio State University. She is the founder/Executive Director of film and theatre collective F*It Club. Most recently, she has been seen onstage with F*It Club, Amios, EST/Youngblood, Studio 42, NY Fringe Festival and New York Theatre Experiment. TV: "Hostages," "Law and Order: SVU," "The Americans," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Divorce." Additionally, she was named one of five winners in the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series; her short film Need For Speed (Dating) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. She last produced the sold-out run of Hold On To Your Butts and is concurrently producing Light: A Dark Comedy at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. More at & @allysonm.

Kyle Schaefer (Writer/Performer) Founding member of the Group Lab. NEW YORK: True Love, Ivanov, Plunge, A Christmas Carol. REGIONAL: Tosca Café (Canadian Tour), The Tosca Project (ACT, World Premiere), Candide (BTF), Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (WTF Workshop), White Christmas (Arkansas Rep). BS: University of Evansville. MFA: American Conservatory Theater.

Matt Zambrano (Writer/Performer) is an Actor, Director, Writer, Spoken Word Artist and Improvisor who hails from Denver, Colorado. This is his first show with Recent Cutbacks, and as a Tolkien-fiend he couldn't be more excited. Currently he works as an ensemble member with The Story Pirates, Broken Box Mime Theater and Accomplice: The Show in New York. Other credits include: The People Vs. George Lucas (Film); Baskerville (Philadelphia Theater Co.); The Santaland Diaries, As You Like It, The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (The Denver Center); Peter and the Starcatcher, Scapin, Loves Labours Lost (Utah Shakes). Matt graduated with an MFA in acting from the now defunct National Theater Conservatory, and was (alphabetically) their last student.

Recent Cutbacks is a theatrical playground co-founded by Nick Abeel. Kelsey Didion, Kristin McCarthy Parker, Allyson Morgan, and Kyle Schaefer. We are inspired by irreverence, pop culture, and high theatricality. For more information and to join our mailing list, check out

The Peoples Improv Theater strives to entertain and educate the community about the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The PIT is composed of three elements: a school that focuses on the craft of improvisation, an eclectic variety of electives, and an unparalleled professional writing program; a theater that presents original comedic shows seven nights a week; and a corporate and educational workshop program that offers team building, leadership, and business training.

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