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Improv performance to benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center

Rochester’s Polite Ink. Sketch & Improv has partnered with Willow Domestic Violence Center on an upcoming benefit performance at Geva Theater Center.

The first annual comedy show, Oh Watta Night!, will appear on the Fielding Stage Nov. 11. Proceeds from the show will benefit Willow, which annually provides services to more than 7,500 survivors of domestic violence. The show is a combination of original sketch written and performed by the members of PI, with special guest stars from the local stage and improv communities.

The PG-rated show will include audience participation, officials said.

“When it comes to Oh Watta Night!, we promise you’ll get a funny feeling when you walk in the room and you’ll leave feeling like it ended much too soon,” said Karen Craft, Polite Ink. director. “This is the first of what we hope is many annual shows to Support Willow, which is a beacon of hope and a safe haven for people who are suffering in our community.”

In addition to the individuals served by Willow, the organization reaches another 12,000 through prevention education in the Greater Rochester area. Willow advocates provide guidance and support on the journey out of domestic violence.

Polite Ink. performs at the Multiuse Community Cultural Center in Rochester, where it serves as the in-house comedy troupe. More information about the benefit can be found at

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