STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at The PIT's Theatrical Comedy, HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS

By: Jan. 09, 2015
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After being named one of the "Ten Best Comedy Shows of 2014" byTime Out New York, The PIT is proud to announce the return of acclaimed theatrical comedy Hold On To Your Butts, a LIVE shot-for-shot remake of the greatest epic dinosaur movie of all time, performed by just two actors and a foley artist.

Check out the teaser video!

"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.

We all have our nostalgia flick: one movie that blew our pre-adolescent minds with its epic story, special effects, and iconic score. For these artists who grew up in the 90s, that movie is Jurassic Park, which has remained the gold standard of dinosaur flicks for the past twenty years. Part spoof, part tribute, this highly theatrical version is intensely physical, imaginative, and silly, using only specific costume pieces and rudimentary props to recreate iconic moments from the film. Under an hour!

Performances will be at The Peoples Improv Theater (Striker Stage) beginning Sunday, February 22 at 2PM, and run through Saturday, March 28 at 11PM. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $1 for students. 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 Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Stage and Film, Partial Comfort, Primary Stages, The Lark, New Georges, and EST/Youngblood. He's also a voice over artist with the Spoken Layer and can be heard on Time Magazine's new smartphone app. Nick does trapeze with Fight or Flight Theatre Company and recently became the newest member of Broken Box Mime Theater. In October, Nick played Stevie in Good People at the Geva Theatre.

Kristin McCarthy Parker (Director) is Queens-based. Recent work includes Bears (59E59),Infinite Variety (HERE's Sublet Series), kumrads won't at FringeNYC (winner of an Overall Excellence Award), and a reading of Don Nguyen's Hello, Children of the Planet Earth. She has developed and directed countless new plays through Amios' Shotz! with writers Lindsay Joy, Erin Mallon, Mat Smart, and Sevan K. Greene. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar (The Mysteries), Michael Greif (Far From Heaven), and Trip Cullman (Choir Boy). Kristin is a graduate of The University of Evansville.

Allyson Morgan (Associate Producer) is an actress, writer, producer, Columbus, Ohio native, and graduate of The Ohio State University. In addition, she is currently the Associate Director of the Waterwell Summer Theater Lab and 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." 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. 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

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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