Washington Improv Theater's Vive La Révolution

Photo credit Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Editorial credit Caroline Coppel.

You wouldn’t think that an improv group would excel at party planning, but Washington Improv Theater organized a lovely fundraising gala this past Saturday at Muléh in DC.

The annual event is always revolution themed, in keeping with WIT’s slogan: “The Revolution will be Improvised.” Past years have used the Cuban and Russian revolutions, and this year’s drew inspiration from France’s 18th century uprising. Costumes were encouraged, and people happily obliged – boat shirts, berets and bustiers abounded. There was even a Marie Antoinette in drag making the rounds, looking every bit as regal as the real thing.

Muléh, a chic home furnishings and clothing boutique, filled up quickly as partygoers sampled hors d’oeuvres and bid in the silent and live auctions.  The food, provided by Masa 14, was not French themed (sushi, shrimp, meatballs, etc.) but there was a specialty drink called the Bon Marché, a refreshing vodka, lime juice and cucumber cocktail.

The items for auction were fairly typical, but there were some creative surprises among the restaurant gift certificates and improv workshops. One improv team called the Evil Skivvers offered to make a mockumentary about the winning bidder’s neighborhood. Another brave soul volunteered to wear whatever costume, T-shirt or body paint the winning bidder desired while running in an upcoming 10K.

Guests could also purchase the many pieces of clothing or furniture on display at Muléh, with 10 percent of all furniture proceeds going to WIT.  Owner Chris Reiter wasn’t too worried about any damage to store wares, saying that a sophisticated event like this would dictate how people behaved. Reiter also has experience in hosting events; the AprilMay Foundation recently held a fundraiser at Muléh.

Bipolar, the winning group from WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, performed a 12-minute scene at the start of the event. They fittingly began in an art shop in Paris; the command performance then covered amorous cops, mineshafts and live auctions.

Still, one of the funniest moments of the night came out of the live auction itself: One gentleman offered to start the bidding on two business class tickets to Paris at $500. (They went for $3,500.)

It’s settled then: WIT throws a great party. If you can get tickets, definitely go, especially since next year’s theme is rumored to be the sexual revolution.

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Washington Improv Theater's Vive la Revolution


VIP pre-reception at 6:30PM
MULEH | 1831 14th St. NW

VIP* $100 | General Admission $75
*includes command performance at 7:00pm by champion team of WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament

It’s the unpredictable, interactive party that changes shape every year! This year’s inspiration comes from the revolution that invented tennis and cake. Or something like that.

A French-themed frolic to support WIT’s performance and education programming. Featuring delicious food and drink, a silent and live auction of goods and services both fun and fancy, performance and a call to action.

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What else do you expect from arguably the Obama admin’s fugliest cabinet member? Some of us have to pay taxes just to get a little love.

Via Daily Caller:

The shock of a video of a Transportation Security Administration screener patting down a 6-year-old child has drawn anger and even a subsequent potential legislative response. But the TSA’s actions were not improper, says Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Napolitano described the rationale behind such screening – saying everyone must be screened, because otherwise an exempted group could be exploited for a potential terrorist attack.

“Nobody likes to see those kinds of things [...] even though it was done professionally according to the protocols,” she said. “But, what TSA is doing is reexamining those protocols all the time. It’s all in relation to threat – what is the threat? And one of the things we do see is if you categorically remove a group from any type of screening, well those who seek to do us harm will then exploit that group. So you have to be very careful on how you do it.”

However, Napolitano told “Morning Joe” that she and her colleagues are working a number of things to streamline the airport screening process, including expediting the process for frequent travelers.

“So here’s a couple of things we’re working on,” she said. “Number one is expanding trust and traveler programs, programs where people will get biometric cards. They’ve already supplied information. We know they are safe to travel. We can move them through the system. That’s going to be expanded this year. That allows us to remove a number of people I think from the screening process.”