Follow us

  • Dark Horse Instagram
  • Dark Horse Facebook
  • Dark Horse Twitter
  • Dark Horse YouTube
  • Tumblr - White Circle
  • White Google+ Icon

In residence at Grace in The Plains and ArtsHerndon

Fauquier County and Herndon, VA

Box Office: 703-537-1071

©2019 by Dark Horse Theatre Company.



The Wild West of Improv Shows

It's tough performing in the town of Scriptless Gulch. These lawless folks have to come up with everything on the spot, while the town's Sheriff keeps them in line. Don't miss this bunch of sharp shootin' buckaroos take audience suggestions and turn them into gold. Load up your chuck wagon! This is one TALL TALE of a show and you don't want to miss it! New games, scenes, and audience participation added regularly. You'll never see the same show twice.
Scroll down for ticket info!

But who ARE these cowpokes?

Sarah enjoys acting in local theater and playing with improv troupes around Northern VA.  She is a local girl who believes a community that can laugh together and at themselves is the kind of community she wants to be a part of! 

Cast Member

"Silver Spurs" SARAH AKERS

Star began her career as a child on stages, television and the big screen.  She took a break to focus on “real life” – having a family and becoming an attorney, speaker and trainer.  Realizing that “real life” is overrated, she is delighted to return to the “bigger than real life” world of improv.

Cast Member


Jessica has always been a big ham. Lucky for her family and friends, she eventually learned to channel that energy into theatre. Most recently, she has performed in several productions at her alma mater, Berry College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication. Some of Jessica’s more interesting hobbies include strapping herself into plastic boats and paddling through whitewater rapids, strapping herself into a harness and climbing on rocks, or strapping on tennis shoes to tell jokes at an open mic night somewhere. She’s excited to join Calamity Improv.

Cast Member


Sarah is a transplant to Northern Virginia. Yes, she moved here for a job but she stayed because of the warm community (and the improv)! Always up for an adventure, she is excited to join Calamity Improv in the Wild West.

Cast Member


Andrew enjoys participating in and producing Calamity Improv and IMPROVICON. He has always liked making people laugh especially his family. When not working in the theatre space, he enjoys his wife,  kids, three dogs, and two pigs.  Andrew works at Oracle, building out new data center spaces. "Building things is what I love to do".


 "El Loco"


Ken has enjoyed making people laugh as long as he can remember.  He is excited to join Calamity Improv in order to further that dream and have some fun with his teammates.  Stand back as Ken 'Cookie' Gilfillan drives the chuck-le wagon into town! 

Cast Member



Brittani has loved theatre since the wee age of who knows. In 2014 she decided her love for theatre no longer needed to be a spectator sport but to grab the reigns to delve more into the industry from all aspects of the performances. She currently works at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas as a Merchandiser, Box Office Lead and Marketing Assistant while managing to rescue animals and work 15 other jobs. She is a Jack of All Trades and is excited to try out a new hat with Calamity Improv, the Stage Manager!

Stage Manager/Sound Operator

"Deputy Bootsie" BRITTANI HALL

Cast Member



Tim is an actor, playwright, singer, and Theatre Arts teacher in the DC area. Recent roles include Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Father, Miss Forcible, and others in the musical Coraline. Favorite roles include Frank N Furter and Hedwig. He teaches Theatre full- time at Irving Middle School.

Cast Member

"Toe Blister" JOE MAYES

Joseph Cephas Mayes IV, aka Joe, aka Quatro, aka the Quat.

5’8” - 165 lbs

Bats right - throws right

A mover, a shaker. Literally.

Hobbies: pretending not to know celebrities.

Cast Member

"Yosemite" SAM


Originally from the Gold Rush state of California, Samantha comes to Virginia with a sprinkle of theatre experience and an open spirit. As a U.S. Air Force Veteran, Sam's back from overseas ready to polish her improv technique and 'blow the fur off'n yer hide' with the Calamity Improv cast!

Cast Member/Consultant



Scott is a life-long theatre educator, now in his 24th year teaching for Fairfax County Public Schools.  He has also served as an adjunct Theatre professor at Northern VA Community College at the Loudoun Campus, where he created and taught two levels of an Improvisation course over the last 5 years.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from VA Tech, and holds a Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. He is a happily married man and the father to three very artsy teenagers.

Director/Host/Guest Player


Natasha studied drama at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She has completed her directing apprenticeship at the Carolina Actor's Studio Theatre.  She was first exposed to live professional improv shows in DC, LA, and North Carolina. Since then,  she has had a tremendous amount of respect for improv performers.  Ms. Parnian is very proud to have resident  group Calamity Improv as a leg of Dark Horse.  

Cast Member


Justin, originally from the sticks of Franklin, Va, skated into town on a yellow and green bus by the name of George Mason, and has been round these parts since the summer of 2012.  Standing at a booming 6'4, this quick-footed whippersnapper teaches Zumba by night.  By day, he's teaching theater to the children of Poe Middle School.  When the going gets tough, Justin's jumping out the way.



7:30PM Grace in The Plains. Advance Tickets on sale now! Tickets also at the door


7:30PM Artspace Herndon. Advance Tickets on sale now! Tickets also at the door


6:00PM Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane.

 Advance Tickets on sale now! Tickets also at the door


7:30PM Artspace Herndon. Advance Tickets on sale now! Tickets also at the door

Want even more Calamity? The show is different each time.

SAT April 11th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT May 9th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT June 6th 7:30pm at Grace in The Plains, VA

SAT June 13th 9pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT June 27th 7:00pm IMPROVICON of Northern Virginia (Trophy Round) at Artspace Herndon

SAT July 11th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT August 1st 7:30pm at Grace in The Plains

SAT August 8th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT September 12th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT October 3rd 7:30pm at Grace in The Plains

SAT October 10th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT November 14th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT December 12th 7:30pm at Artspace Herndon

SAT December 19th 7:00pm IMPROVICON of Northern Virginia (Showcase Round) at TBA

November 2019 Northwest Federal Credit Union Corporate Workshop in Herndon, VA


For Your Event

Calamity Improv is available to hire for private events!

Corporate Workshops, Birthdays, Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Fundraisers, Bat and Bar Mitvahs, Event MC services. We can bring some magic to your event! We customize performances for your needs. Fill out the form below for more information.