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Thank you for helping raise over $774k
for Urban Improv's youth empowerment programs

 

Banned in Boston is the annual comedy and music revue that raises money for Urban Improv's youth empowerment programs. Local celebrities, media personalities, politicians, and business, arts and community leaders rally together to put on a one-night-only, impromptu show of hilarity, musical satire, and skits. Come join the fun and help Urban Improv empower our city's youth to make positive choices in their lives and communities.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

6:00pm
Cocktail reception + Chefs' Tastings
Lansdowne Pub, 9 Lansdowne Street

7:45pm
Banned in Boston's madcap musical revue begins
House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street

9:00pm
Show finale

Dress: festive cocktail attire.
This is 21+ event. 

EVENT Chairs*

Fiona & James Benenson

Lena & Brent Berc

Ted Clark

Eileen & Jack Connors*

Julie & Ron Druker*

Nancy & Dick Friedman*

Kristina & Patrick Lyons*

Amanda & Sam Kennedy

Kathy & Joe O'Donnell*

Julie & Jeff Stuecken

Sarah & Tom Weigel

Blair & Jack Wylie


*A special thanks to these esteemed chairs who have supported Urban Improv since our very first Banned in Boston in 1996.  It is an honor to kick off 25 years of Urban Improv programming with this year's event leadership.

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Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors. Your support helps empower Boston's youth.

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BANNED IN BOSTON 2017 CAST*

ACCLAIMED MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
PERSONALITIES
GUEST HOSTS:
Jim Braude & Margery Eagan, WGBH
Jared Bowen, WGBH
Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR
Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith
Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe
Ray Magliozzi, NPR/WBUR
J.C. Monahan, WCVB
Lisa Pierpont, Boston Common Magazine
Emily Rooney, WGBH
Matt Siegel, KISS 108
Kathy St. George, Actress
Sally Taylor, Musician, Artist
Jimmy Tingle, Comedian

DISTINGUISHED ARTS & EDUCATION LEADERS
Peggy Fogelman, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Emily McCann, Citizen Schools
Jill Medvedow, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School
Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College
Matthew Teitelbaum, Museum of Fine Arts
Anita Walker, Massachusetts Cultural Council

*as of February 13th

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS *
Area Four
Ashmont Grill/Tavolo
The Automatic
Blue Frog Bakery
Bully Boy Distillers
Cinquecento
East Coast Grill
Eastern Standard
FoMu
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Juniper
La Morra
Mei Mei
Michael's Deli
Middlesex Lounge
New England Charcuterie/Moody's
Roxy's Grilled Cheese
Sicilicity
Vice Cream

*as of February 13th

 

RENOWNED POLITICAL LEADERS
Charlie Baker, MA Governor
John Barros, Boston’s Chief of Economic Development
Sonia Chang-Díaz, MA State Senator
Linda Dorcena Forry, MA State Senator
Maura Healey, Attorney General
Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor
Jim McGovern, U.S. Representative
Jim Peyser, MA Secretary of Education
Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston

LOCAL LUMINARIES
James Benenson III, Industrial Manufacturing Company, LLC
Jonathan Bush, Athena Health
Andrew Collins, Sentient Jet
Jack Connors, Jr., Camp Harbor View
Ron Druker, The Druker Company, Ltd.
Richard Friedman, Carpenter and Co.
Carol Fulp, The Partnership
Richard Holbrook, Eastern Bank
Sam Kennedy, The Boston Red Sox
Mahmood Malihi, Leggat McCall
Patrick Lyons, The Lyons Group
Kristina Lyons, Portobello Road
TJ Parker, PillPack
Jason Robins, DraftKings
Corey Thomas, Rapid7

URBAN IMPROV: A REHEARSAL FOR LIFE

For almost 25 years, Urban Improv has worked to empower youth to make positive choices in their lives, schools and communities. Through our interactive theatre-based programs, students practice self-expression and creative decision-making in life’s most challenging moments. Whether they are navigating peer pressure, cyber-bullying, racism, homophobia or violence, Urban Improv students build self-awareness, empathy, impulse control, cooperation, and conflict resolution skills to build towards nonviolent communities of tolerance and respect.  We call Urban Improv “a Rehearsal for Life”

Urban Improv currently partners with seven Boston schools to deliver its multi-year curriculum to over 1,100 students annually free of charge, and also presents topical assemblies throughout Boston, New England and beyond.  Since its inception in 1992, Urban Improv has presented to over 70,000 students at more than 125 schools and community groups.

To learn more about our programs and organization, please visit www.urbanimprov.org, or call 617-524-7049.