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Full tummies will jiggle at Players’ improv show

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By Sara Miller

The nature of improvisational comedy means that it’s always fresh and new. After several successful seasons of comedy in the mountains, the Evergreen Players Improv Comedy troupe, EPiC, is working to keep not only its comedy fresh, but the format of its shows as well. For the first time, the talented actors of EPiC will be complemented by local musicians and on-site food service. Audiences will leave after a side-splitting, stomach-busting, ear-tickling good time.

The Evergreen Players’ first show of the fall season will open on Friday, Aug. 25, at Center/Stage Theatre. The EPiC players will be joined by Evergreen's very own band Open Space. Open Space bills itself as an alternative country "outlaw" bluegrass rock band. Together since 2006, Open Space has become a mainstay of the Evergreen music scene, playing regular gigs as the Little Bear, the Evergreen Lake Summer Music Festival and now at Center/Stage. Open Space will join EPiC onstage for a portion of the show, and the concert will continue after the comedy is complete.

The show starts at 7:30 on both nights, but audiences who arrive early on Friday can enjoy dinner at Center/Stage from One World Café’s food truck, One Love. One World Café is an independently owned downtown restaurant that puts an Evergreen spin on sustainable, green eating. One Love, One World’s bright red food truck, hit the street scene earlier this year, and is now popping up at events all over the Denver area. The food truck provides an EPiC-urean adventure for even the most discerning eater. Frequent menu items include roasted beet and goat cheese sliders, beef tongue tacos, grass-fed beef brisket sandwiches and more. Diners can also purchase cold beverages from EPiC’s favorite brewery, Stone Brewing Company.

Of course, the evening would not be complete without Evergreen’s most popular comedic act, EPiC. The seven veterans — Scott Ogle, Beau Augustin, Lisa DeCaro, Gail Montgomery, Bruce Montgomery, Matt Bachus and Sean Maslow — will surprise you with fresh takes on improvisational sketches like the Black Box of Death and Goon River. Audience participation is encouraged, so come prepared to toss out a few quirky suggestions that will keep the comics on their toes.

For those who like spontaneity but still appreciate a bit of familiarity, Saturday’s show will be an improv-only format. No food, no music — just improvisational comedy at its finest. It wouldn’t be EPiC without a little twist, however. The troupe will be joined by two new players, Drew Keat and Jordan Crozier, on this final evening of comedy.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.

EPiC — Evergreen Players Improv Comedy

Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26; both performances at 7:30 p.m.

Friday evening: doors open at 6 p.m. Food and drink can be purchased from One World Café’s One Love Food Truck and Stone Brewing Company.

Tickets: $12 general admission

At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen

For tickets or additional information, call 303-674-4934 or visit www.evergreenplayers.org