Emergent Arts just keeps on choo-chooing up that hill. We are no longer occupying The Mix Studio Theater, but we are continuing to produce shows. In the remainder of this year, we have two plays coming, "Hollywood and Hyde" at The Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor in November, and "Christmas Carol: the Jeffries Edition" in December at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.
We will also be returning September 4 at 8pm with our twice monthly variety show "Stage Time" at The Yellow Barn, followed each night at 9:30pm by "The UNclub", our no-holds-barred open mic.
Hollywood and Hyde
by Tim Henning
November 3-5 at 8pm
November 6 at 3pm
at The Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron
Ann Arbor 48103
September 4 and 11 at 7:00 pm
On Sundays September 4 and 11, Emergent Arts, in partnership with The Madhouse, returns to Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the variety show “Stage Time”, featuring standup comedy, magic, music and more. Showtime is 7:00pm, followed at 8:30pm by Emergent Arts’ own UNclub Open Mic. Tickets to “Stage Time” are $10 suggested at the door or on-line HERE. UNclub at 8:30 pm is by suggested $5 donation at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Stage Time on September 4 will feature comedian and M.C. Mark Sweetman, local raggedy folk music man Rollie Tussing. pianist Will “Willy the Barber” Bennett, and Boyer the Magic Guy, as well as some of the best up and coming and established standup comics.
September 11 Stage Time will include Mark Sweetman, the somewhat off center musings of humorist Steve Elliott, pianist Will “Willy the Barber” Bennett, Boyer the Magic Guy, and more great comics!
Mark Sweetman has performed in L.A., New York, Detroit and Las Vegas, and colleges all over the country. He has appeared on A&E’s “An Evening at The Improv” and “Comedy on the Road” (for which he received an Ace Award), and FOX’s “Comic Strip Live” and “Comedy Express”.
The Madhouse believes in art for art's sake. Organized chaos, it’s a little Bohemian, a little mad, intelligent and creative. A new home for music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, live art, and sideshow, the space at 1436 East Michigan Ave. is being developed as a gallery, studio, community art/writing/music space, used books store, consignment shop, and to serve the community through community outreach programs.
Location: The Madhouse, 1436 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI, 48198.
Dates and Times: September 4 and 11 at 7:00 pm (“Stage Time”) ; UNclub Open Mic at 8:30 pm.(“UNclub”).
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional info.
Admission: “Stage Time”-$10 suggested at the door or on-line at www.emergentarts.com; “UNclub”-Suggested $5 Donation at the door.
Phone: (734) 985-0875
Stage Time Tickets available now
And don't forget our regular open mic, every Sunday at The Madhouse.
The UNclub Standup Open Mic
September 4 and 11 at 8:30pm
18 and 25at 8 pm
Don't miss The UNclub now every Sunday night at 8:30 pm following Stage Time, or at 8 pm when there is no Stage TimeShow. (now in its new home The Madhouse!) suggested $5 donation admission. It's THE spot for established and up and coming comics to work out material. It's not just standup, it's the cradle of comedy in Southeast Michigan!
Chili Challis, former staff writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and nationally known comedian, writer and teacher says about The UNclub,
"The ... UNclub IS as close to a pure artist's way of pursuing, grasping and understanding comedy as I have ever known; not to mention it's open and fair to every talent, EVERY talent, even ones right off the street. Comics are allowed to go 'out there' and they're permitted to fail and still be welcomed back. It doesn't get any better than that as far as I'm concerned, and I've been known to be a bit fussy. This special venue is poised for the big wave, it is so ready and worthy of being discovered by an audience...and when they do it will be pure addiction."
at The Madhouse
1436 E. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Over the last seven years we have presented Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Confessions Of The Easter Bunny, The Mousetrap (review), Waiting For Godot (review), Arsenic And Old Lace, A Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, Yankee Tavern, Waiting For Godot, original works Confessions of The Easter Bunny, Hollywood and Hyde, and Christmasville. At The Mix Studio, we have continued our tradition of offering a wide range of performance, including spoken word, folk music, piano lounge nights, movie afternoons, standup open mics, staged readings, and more plays. Always more plays!
And we have Chili Challis, former staff writer for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, holding his Comedy Dojo on Sunday afternoons, where he coaches the area's up-and-coming comics in the art of funny. Then, every Sunday night at 8pm, Chili holds an Open Mic at The Mix Studio Theater where his students mix with other more experienced comics to practice their craft.Sign up for the open mic or register for his Comedy Dojo by contacting Chili through his website at ChiliChallis.com.
Look for special discount ticket prices all season. Take advantage of the discounted prices and know that you are directly responsible for bringing more great theatre to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.
Please remember that we depend on you to keep us going. Emergent Arts is not a non-profit theatre at this point, which means we don't get grants and we don't typically receive donations. We live or die depending on you, and people like you, who buy tickets to our shows. Please show your support by coming to our shows, and bring your friends! We are in the business of loving theatre, and live performance. There is nothing like it, and you need to be there so we can be there.
Go see a show somewhere this week! Take the kids (but hire a babysitter for the UFO Show). You will talk about the experience for years to come.
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Excerpt from AnnArbor.com's review of The Mousetrap:
" It's a credit to both Agatha Christie's script for "The Mousetrap" and Emergent Arts - the local theater company currently staging the world's longest-running drama - that even though I knew precisely who the murderer was (since I'd seen the show before), I nonetheless enjoyed playing the game once again." -Jenn Mckee
Excerpts from AnnArbor.com's review of Waiting For Godot:
"...'Godot' is a highly ambitious undertaking for an amateur theater group, and Emergent Arts generally does itself proud."
"...(Tom) Underwood and (Peter) Knox, as the show’s secondary duo, perform their roles with sensitivity and physical skill, with Knox delivering a show-stopping version of Lucky's 'think' speech." -Jenn Mckee
"Photos by Tim Henning."