"Face-Off 2020" will pit local improv teams against each other next week in a series of pro-wrestling themed "bouts" with WWE-inspired scenes at the Firehouse Arts Center.
Hosted by Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's teen improv troupe, the competition will include a series of shows with games and high-jinx, interacting with the audience. A champion improv team will emerge, and audience members also will have the chance to win prizes.
The show schedule is as follows:
* 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 20): Mission Improvable from Cal High in San Ramon. This team was the first to face Creatures of Impulse in the inaugural "Face-Off" in 2008, held at the Veterans Memorial Building.
* 7:30 p.m. next Friday (Feb. 21): Middle School Team, city of Pleasanton.
* 2 p.m. next Saturday (Feb. 22): Creatures of Habit, city of Pleasanton.
* 7:30 p.m. next Saturday (Feb. 22); Las Positas College Improv Team, which was launched by Jeff Zavattero, who is directing this year's Face-Off.
City recreation supervisor Mark Duncanson, who founded Creatures of Impulse, is leading the new adult (non-student) team, Creatures of Habit, this year, handing over event organizing to Zavattero.
"'Face-Off' is Jeff's favorite show of the whole COI season so I'm happy to take a back seat on this one," Duncanson said.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for the general public. For tickets, go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.
A special preview performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday with "Mr. Amador" from Amador Valley High School; tickets are $2, cash only.
Since its founding 12 seasons ago, Creatures of Impulse has represented California at the Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago four times, and performed in San Francisco with the professional improv troupe, Un-Scripted Theater Company, in Union Square.