Polite Ink. Sketch & Improv, or PI, has partnered with Willow Domestic Violence Center to present “Oh Watta Night!”
This second annual, special benefit performance will be held Nov. 17 at The Lyric Theatre. A pre-show reception will kick off the evening at 6:30 p.m.; the show will be at 7:30 p.m. The show is rated PG-13 and the total run time is two hours.
PI regularly performs at the Multiuse Community Cultural Center in Rochester where it serves as the in-house comedy troupe. It is directed by Fairport’s Karen Craft and includes writer and performer Corrie Spike-Carter, also of Fairport. The group is rounded out by an ensemble of Bolan Graham, of Rochester; Don Beechner, of Scottsville; Michael Anthony, of Rochester; and Reuben Tapp, of Rochester.
“Oh Watta Night!” is a combination of spontaneous, short-form improvisation and original sketches.
“‘Oh Watta Night!’ gives us reason to come together as a community to support Willow Domestic Violence Center,” said Craft. “I never take for granted the opportunity to feel safe and the freedom to do what I love. At Polite Ink, we love to be creative, laugh, and make people smile. We’re so glad to able to partner with Willow again this year so that others can feel safe and free, as well.”
Each year, Willow Domestic Violence Center provides services to over 7,500 survivors and reaches another 12,000 through prevention education in the Greater Rochester area. This past year, they’ve also introduced new pet shelter services for people transitioning into safety. Thousands of people walk through its doors each year and each one carries a traumatic story of violence and abuse at the hands of a loved one. Yet, each one also carries a story of triumph over adversity, of courage and strength and hope. Taking those steps toward safety and freedom can be daunting, and Willow advocates provide guidance and support on the journey.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 at politeink.com or at all area Wegmans. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25.