Playing select Saturday nights at 7:00 PM.
Tickets are $8 advance, $10 door.
HitchCocktails is an improvised thriller and drinking game inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Play along as the actors dodge conspiracies and bullets, find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and fall in love with double agents. Of course, as it is high class murder, the actors will also have access to a bar on stage and will drink whenever offered by a castmate - so the plotlines will become more convoluted one way or another. The action's so tense, you'll have to get tight.
HitchCocktails originated in Chicago in 2012 at the iO Theater under creators CJ Tuor and Stephanie McCullough. It has since enjoyed a continuous three year run at the Annoyance Theater. The show proudly extends to the Denver comedy scene with this run.
ALLISON TALAVERA is a graduate of the iO Training Center and the Second City Conservatory Program. She has performed at iO Chicago with teams Owl Farm and The Baby Kings, as well as written as well as writing/performing with sketch/improv troupe Madame Senator and improv troupe Freud Droid of One Group Mind. Allison is a founding member of the Cor Res Theatre. A Colorado native, Allison could not be more excited to be performing as a part of HitchCocktails!
Amanda started improv two years ago, and has never been able to stop since. By day she is a teacher, and by night she is anything she wants to be on stage. She participates in a variety of shows and group around Denver. Amanda is so excited for HitchCocktails because it combines her two favorite things: mystery and humor.
COLLEEN WEAVER is currently enrolled in the Voodoo School of Improv in Denver, CO. In addition to HitchCocktails she performs with The Story of You (a Ken Burns documentary improv show), Rapscallions (a hip-hop freestyle musical), Improv Wrestling Federation, and she produces her own monthly Iimprov show at Mutiny Information Cafe called Binge Watch Live! Weaver is also well known for her Burlesque persona Surlie Temple, who has toured the USA, Canada and New Zealand. Weaver studied film, music, dance, visual arts, writing and theater at the Denver School of the Arts. She is a crafter, painter and master crocheter and has curated many art parties featuring bands, artists and comedians form Denver's thriving scene. She is an avid concert-goer, traveler and nature lover. She also enjoys playfully plotting the perfect murder, sharpening her bread knives and sending sinister glances in the direction of past lovers. Weaver credits her accomplishments to the unconventional environment she grew up in, her family has always supported her grit and constant reshaping of the status quo. She lives by the rule that- in art, life and love- there are no rules.
Dave is an Improvisor and Auditor, originally from Cleveland, OH. When he's not watching Alfred Hitchcock movies he's performing and teaching improv, talking about the Cleveland Browns, or walking his dog(s). While he loves Hitchcock movies and performing onstage, he's in the show mostly for the free booze.
Gabriella Gutierrez Reed
GABRIELLA GUITIERREZ REED was raised in San Diego, Ca, but made her way out to Denver, Co in 2012 to express her creative side. She has experience in improv, stand-up and sketch writing, while bringing that sass. She currently performs at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in The Improv Avengers and Rapscallions. We are excited to have her as a member of HitchCocktails!
Jason started improvising when he went to Colorado State University. He loved it so much, he moved to Chicago to pursue this oddball passion. He studied at the training centers of IO, Second City, and Annoyance Theater. He left Chicago for Denver to join the Handsome Little Devils, where he played The Baron Vegan von Hamburger in “Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama.” He has, since then, performed with numerous improv groups around Denver and has been featured in local films and commercials. Learn more at www.jasonknauf.com
KATIE BOWMAN is an up and coming improviser and stand up comedian out of Denver. She has produced many shows as well as trained and went through the Grafenberg playschool. Outside of comedy she works for Planned Parenthood and creates art. Her biggest comedic influences are, Jenny Slate, Morgan Murphy, Amy Poehler, Louie C.K., Ali Wong, Kristen Schaal, Zach Galifinakus and many more.
New Jersey by way of Chicago. She performed with the Second City (NCL). At ImprovOlympic, she performed with many IO Harold teams, as well as Group Therapy, several Halloween shows, and a multi-year run of Our Feature Presentation: the Improvised Movie (directed by the late great Jason Chin.) She is a founding cast member of HitchCocktails at the Annoyance Theater, which was voted Chicago's best improv show in 2016 and runner-up in 2015 through the Chicago Reader. Mel performed, coached, and taught through ComedySportz Chicago for many years, including directing Smashed! the improvised bachelorette party, many children's shows, and writing/directing such Christmas classics as Oops! I Christmassed Again and It's a Bieberful Life. She performed with WhoProv, We Were Promised Magic, and the Broiler Room at the Second City Skybox. She also performed with Improvised Jane Austen, Big Yellow Bus, The Basic Eight, The Davenports, Out of Character, The Blog Report, and Tucker Max at the Playground Theater. She wrote and performed sketch comedy with the Nick and Jessica Variety Hour. She has written over 100 Bro's Guides for BroJackson.com. Mel hosts An Hour with Your Ex podcast with her husband Mark Colomb.