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'You & Me' with Michael Patrick Thornton (Second City)

  • The Second City 230 West North Avenue Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

We are stoked to be sharing a stage once again with Chicago-based actor Michael Patrick Thornton (The Gift Theatre, Steppenwolf), and this time it's at Second City! 'You & Me' is Mike's completely improvised, two-person show, during which we'll be providing audio prompts to send this extemporaneous conversation in new directions. We've never done anything like it before...

From the Second City website:
YOU & ME is a two-person, entirely improvised, no suggestion set with Michael Patrick Thornton & a guest artist. YOU & ME originally premiered at The Den Theatre where it enjoyed a year-long run. It has since appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival and at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where Artistic Director Les Waters calls the show “Hilarious, horrifying, and human. Quite magical, really.”

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Thornton says, “I keep hearing from my actor friends how fearful and alien improv feels to them and vice-versa with my improv pals regarding theater. This is an unfortunate and unnecessary perceptual divide. Whether dialogue is written or invented, great scenes are about people needing each other and listening to each other. YOU & ME hopes to playfully re-patch this schism, refresh our faith in collective imagination, and reinforce the liberating truism that for this particular theatrical event, all we need and have is You & Me.”

A portion of the proceeds from this run of YOU & ME will be donated to Roundup River Ranch.

Roundup River Ranch enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by offering free, medically-supported camp programs that provide unforgettable opportunities to discover joy, friendships, and confidence.

Earlier Event: February 28
Feldman No. 2: Open Rehearsal #1
Later Event: March 4
Feldman No. 2: Open Rehearsal #2