Chicago actor, improviser, and director Michael Patrick Thornton brings back his hit improv show YOU & ME, a two-person, entirely improvised, no suggestion-inspired set featuring Thornton and a different guest artist each week. YOU & ME will play Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm from August 24 – September 15, 2018 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets, priced at $10, are currently available at www.filamenttheatre.org/youandme. All proceeds benefit Filament Theatre.
The guest line-up for YOU & ME includes:
Friday, August 24: Stella Martin with opening act “No Just” (Dani James, Christie Coran, and Sheri Anne Godda)
Saturday, August 25: Cory Hardin with opening act Ed Flynn
Friday, August 31: Atra Asdou
Saturday, September 1: Max Thomas with opening act Ed Flynn
Friday, September 7: Sherman Edwards
Saturday, September 8: Amy Morton
Friday, September 14: Sadieh Rifai with opening act Ed Flynn
Saturday, September 15: Michael Shannon with opening act Ed Flynn
YOU & ME has played at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Den Theatre, The Chicago Improv Festival and at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where Artistic Director Les Waters called the show “Hilarious, horrifying, and human. Quite magical, really.” Chicago Reader Recommended! Not recommended at all for youngsters, the easily offended or those who dislike wheelchairs.
Comments Thornton, “I kept hearing from my actor friends how scary improvising was to them and vice-versa with my improv pals regarding acting. This is an unnecessary divide between two great communities in Chicago. Whether theatre is written or improvised on the spot, great scenes are always about people needing each other and listening to each other. For almost five years and thru dozens of guests ranging from Tony Award-winning actors, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, renowned improvisers, beloved actors, and brave strangers who've never improvised before, YOU & ME has playfully re-patched this divide, hopefully refreshing our faith in the joyful power of play and reinforcing the liberating truism that all we ever need to create is You & Me. Did I mention it's funny? And often very irreverent? Cuz it is.”