DARK SIDE OF THE ROOM at Dad's Garage Celebrates One Year of Mainstage Performance

The improv troupe "Dark Side of the Room" started off in 2014 at Dad's Garage as an in-house project for improvisers of color to experiment with new formats geared towards giving voice to the African American experience. The group, composed entirely of African American performers from Dad's Garage, settled on a style where the improvisers riff on popular movies such as Cocktail, Top Gun, and Willy Wonka that are driven primarily by white characters.

Over the course of a long-form improv set, Dark Side of the Room shows what the African American characters were up to. Their improvised stories take the original plots of iconic films and add flair and flavor to them as a way to reclaim African American space in popular culture. What started out as a small project has grown into one of Dad's Garage's most popular regularly scheduled formats.

This May, Dark Side of the Room celebrates their one-year anniversary of performing regularly at Dad's Garage as part of the "Evening With..." series. The performance will include highlights from the best of their special guests, along with a fresh longform improv jam riffing on a new film.

Dark Side of the Room includes Mark Kendall, Cris Gray, Kirsten King, Rickey Boynton, Andre Castenell, and Jon Carr.


Evening with...Dark Side of the Room

Thursday, May 25th, 2017



About Dad's Garage Theatre Company:

Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage Theatre Company has grown from a small volunteer led organization to a thriving mid-size theatre led by professional artistic and administrative staff that includes over 300 volunteers and performers. We now entertain more than 33,000 people each year in Atlanta, at public events across the state, and at improv festivals across the continent. In addition to outrageous original productions, Dad's Garage produces improv shows year-round, educates young improvisers in a high school outreach program, and facilitates classes and workshops for the general public.

Our Mission:

Dad's Garage transforms people, communities, and perspectives through laughter.


Dad's Garage relies on financial support from several generous companies to keep producing scripted and improv comedy. Special thanks to MailChimp, Turner, Fulton County Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Kickapoo, and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs for their support.

Dad's Garage Theatre Company

569 Ezzard Street SE

Atlanta, GA 30312

404.523.3141 ext. 201


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