Emergent Arts will present The Improv Mixer, (buy tickets here) two evenings of improvisational comedy, February 28 and March 1 at The Mix Studio Theater in downtown Ypsilanti. Groups featured will be Hexagonal Knife Fight, Harem Of Handsome, and Gut Shot on Friday, February 28, and Damage Control on Saturday. March 1.
Hexagonal Knife Fight will perform The Harold with monologues, featuring Michael Babbish, Gary Lehman, Emily Engelhart, Jeremy Gragg, Jake Russell, Sean Robinson, and Lorin Kozlowski;
Harem of Handsome will create a Dating Game structure that breaks into a montage of scenes, with Tom Novik, Jeremy St. Martin, Kevin Lytle, and James Cerini;
Gut Shot will enact a montage of scenes from Jason Valentini and Luke Legere.
Damage Control consists of Allen Smock, Autumn Waters, Chelsey Mellon, and Jeff Lehman, who met at the Go U: Improv Academy in Ferndale and have been improvising together since 2012. The show starts with an audience suggestion, inspiring a collection of improvised character monologues. Then, using themes and characters established in the opening monologues, the troupe creates longer, interweaving scenes that sometimes tell a larger story, but other times spiral into controlled absurdity.
Comedy has a home at The Mix!
Hollywood And Hyde is over for this year, but we have plans to bring it back next Halloween, new and improved! Thanks to Larry Rusinsky, Cydney Heed, Tony Putman, Randy Fitzpatrick, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, Ari Litman-Weinberg, Christopher Potter, the people at Mix and all the friends and family for making this first outing so rewarding and productive. Just sayin'.
A video of the production is available for $20 a copy. Go here to order yours now!
Emergent Arts has found a home in Ypsilanti
Over the last four 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, and A Christmas Carol. Last year we gave you a funny trip back to the 60's with The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, and a thriller trip to conspiracy land with Yankee Tavern by Steven Dietz. This year we just finished a run of the new play Hollywood And Hyde by Tim Henning, and have started a new tradition with The UFO Show, an odd little thing that mixes standup, storytelling, songwriters and who knows what else, coming to you straight out of Ypsilanti, where the arts have found a home!
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.
Exciting times at The Mix Studio Theater! Come along for the ride as we finish out 2013 with Christmasville, our Christmas salute to vaudeville. Our 2014 Season will be announced soon, so stay tuned.We are establishing a following in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti and Detroit area theatre. Come help us grow!
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
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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