featuring Hawk & Wayne

2015 Best of the Bay Winners! – Critic’s Choice

“They find more humor in their unscripted hijinks than most actors ever find in the most celebrated of comic texts. If you love to laugh, you ought to give them a look.” -Mark Leib, Creative Loafing

Now in their 9th season at American Stage, take a comedic look at the totally made-up stories behind your favorite songs. Laugh-out-loud funny and 100% improvised, these 2015 Best of the Bay winners will bring to life an uproarious and ridiculous cast of characters.

1st Sunday of Every Month

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Gavin Hawk is a native of the Los Angeles area. He trained in improvisation and sketch comedy at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. In addition to improvisation, he currently serves as  Artistic Director of A Simple Theatre in St. Petersburg. Acting credits include Barefoot in the Park and The Foreigner (American Stage),  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (freeFall Theatre), Hate Mail (Studio@620), Cider House Rules: Parts I & II (California Repertory Company), Gross Indecency (Huntington Theatre) and Over the Tavern II: King O’ The Moon (Studio Arena/Pittsburgh Public). He is the Associate Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Gavin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ricky Wayne was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has trained and taught at Children’s Theatre Workshop and American Conservatory Theatre in theatre and acting, and at The Groundlings in Los Angeles in improvisation and sketch comedy writing for many years. American Stage audiences might remember him as Carl from OPUS in 2010, Marc in ART in 2013 and as Tartuffe in TARTUFFE in 2016. Currently he is in his 8th year in residence here at American Stage performing the first Sunday of the month as one half of Hawk and Wayne, a long form improv comedy duo with local actor and director Gavin Hawk (THE DUMB SHOW, 321, THE MEMORY, NEWS OF THE WEIRD: LIVE!, IT’S A LIVING!, THIS IS A COMEDY SHOW, THE MOCKUMENTARY and ANYWHERE, USA) and is a founding member of American Stage Improv. Other Local theatre credits include A Simple Theatre’s CONGRATULATIONS, JOE! and The Heather’s SPEED-THE-PLOW, ON TIDY ENDINGS and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. He currently works in television and film most recently in Recurring roles on RECTIFY on the Sundance Channel and OUTSIDERS on WGN