Located in Old 4th Ward at 349 Decatur St SE, the Village Theatre is featuring “Co-Workers” every Thursday night through April and May from 8-9pm for just $5. No, that price is not a typo. “Co-Workers” stars the winners of the 2018 Atlanta Improv Festival–Hannah Aslesen and Jason Velazquez. The Atlanta Improv Festival began with a battle that lasted several weeks, during which 27 teams competed for the laughs of audience members. Each night, the audience chose which team would advance through the tournament, ultimately crowning Hannah and Jason.
If you frequent Dad’s Garage, you may have seen Hannah before as she performs there often. Jason has been performing at the Village Theatre with the weekly improv show “Danger,” which is also on Thursday nights. The two met during an open-mic jam session, realized how complimentary their energies are, and decided to team up for the competition.
“Co-Workers” develops a scene we are all (hopefully) familiar with: the dynamic between you and the people you work with. The show begins by taking audience suggestions for where Hannah and Jason work. The format of their show is unlike any other improv you’ve probably seen. Rather than changing scenes every few minutes, Hannah and Jason take the entire show to develop each character thoroughly, bringing to life their personalities, relationships, and histories. The two may tackle up to 3 or 4 different personas throughout the show, possibly introducing a manager or customer who may stress the relationship between the two coworkers, ensuing in hilarity.
The Village Theatre has a very laid back atmosphere. As soon as you walk in, a little wooden bar greets you with beer, wine, and snacks. There are multiple theatres in the building, with the one we were in for “Co-Workers” being an intimate size sitting roughly 35 people.