The weather is warming up, and so is The Mix Studio Theater.
Emergent Arts presents
April at The Mix
We're starting off a full season of special events, plays, and fun activities in April. Here's a list of what we have so far:
Shows at The Mix Studio Theater April 2015
8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Admission for first two listings is by $5 Donation
April 5, 12, 19, and 26, The UnClub- Emergent Arts presents The UNclub Open Mic with emcee Mark Sweetman, 8pm Sundays April 5, 12, 19, and 26 at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. $5 suggested donation at the door. Refreshments will be served. This is an ongoing event, every Sunday night at The Mix Studio Theater. Every week is great fun, so come on out and have the last laugh before the work week begins!.
April 27 , Piano Lounge- Pianist/chanteuse/entertainer Ann Dahl and her new musical partner guitarist/percussionist Brandon Scott have joined up to bring you a new Piano Lounge night, now monthly on the last Monday of the month, this time on April 27 at 8pm, at The Mix Studio Theater at 8 N. Washington in downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan. The soiree starts at 8pm. Payment for admission is through the tip jar on Ann's piano. Ann and Brandon will sing and play, along with various musician friends of hers. Then, audience members can pick from Ann's collection of sheet music and sing their favorite songs. Come and sing for the crowd. All levels of ability warmly welcomed. Or just come and listen. It’s lots of fun and very informal!
The following 4 listings are $10 Admission (Plus Haab’s discount of $4)
Tickets to these events will be available soon on this site.
April 10 , “British Invasion” with Ann Dahl and Brandon Scott- Emergent Arts at The Mix Studio Theater presents a special evening of music, “British Invasion: the Best of the Brits” with hosts The Lady and the Champ (Ann Dahl and Brandon Scott), along with their special guests for the evening. April 10 at 8 pm at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. All seats $10. Tickets available at www.emergentarts.com.
Ann’s soulful singing and beautiful piano work find the perfect balance in the inventive guitar and percussion of Brandon. This is the first in a series of themed shows featuring the talents of Ann and Brandon and their circle of gifted musicians. The British are coming, and they’re invading the Mix!
April 11, The World of Rollie Tussing- Rollie Tussing returns to The Mix Studio Theater with Connor Dodson and Todd Albright on April 11 at 8pm, to play and sing and have a generally great time. The Mix is at 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. All seats are $10, available at www.emergentarts.com.
Our great friend and local legend Rollie Tussing, master of the slide guitar and raggedy folk man extraordinaire launches a really special monthly series of musical performances by himself and others who have been steeped and seasoned in the hearty stew of Americana. Unplugged and original, Rollie is a real treasure, and we are proud to have him and his guests at The Mix.
April 17, Laugh Riot Dolls - The Laugh Riot Dolls, founded by popular comedian/performer Heather Kozlakowski, return after a sold out Mix Studio show in February, for one night only at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197, on April 17 at 9 pm with their wickedly irreverent take on life. Go to www.emergentarts.com for info on buying tickets. All seats $10. Buy tickets now.
The Laugh Riot Dolls’ present an all female cabaret style comedy show with professional stand up comedy, also featuring the barbershop boogie-woogie sounds of The Little Dollies. Joining the Dolls for this show are Lauren Uchalik, Sam Rager, Julie Lyons, Laura Witkowski, and Tricia Chamberlain. This is a comedy show you will not want to miss!
Founder of The Laugh Riot Dolls, Heather Kozlakowski, has been in the entertainment business for more than 15 years. She can be seen in television commercials, feature films and heard on the radio. Heather has performed her profoundly honest and revealing brand of stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and Metro Detroit and has performed with Tig Notaro and Maria Bamford.
“Every Laugh Riot Dolls show is a unique experience,” Kozlakowski said. The audience gets a healthy dose of laughter and is treated to music by The Little Dollies whose big voices are like a throwback revival of The Andrews Sisters.
April 18, The UNclub All Stars- April 18 will be the kickoff of another great series of special events at The Mix with an all star performance by the very best comics who have appeared at The Mix UNclub Sunday night standup show. Show starts at 8 pm at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. All seats $10, available at www.emergentarts.com.
Mark Sweetman, veteran headliner and professional comic will host an evening of professional comedy with guests Ruben Ruben, Darnell Anderson, Mike Evitts, and Shelly Smith. Come out to the Mix for a show that will definitely give you something to talk about at the water cooler the following Monday. The best $10 you’ll spend all week.
The final listing is $15 General, $12 Seniors, and Students with ID
April 23 - May 3 - Fat Pig by Neil LaBute. Emergent Arts presents the romantic comedy Fat Pig by Neil LaBute at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 for two weekends, April 23- 26, and April 30- May 3 at 8 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 General Admission and $12 for Seniors, and for Students with ID. Available on-line at www.emergentarts.com.
Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. “The heart wants what the heart wants.” What could be simpler? But what if the heart wants, and the head gets in the way, with prejudices, preconceptions, the fear of what others will think? Fat Pig lays it out in a brutally honest, but humorous way. And when its tale is told, you will be entertained, enlightened, and possibly touched, and just maybe find yourself wondering: what would you have done?
"The most emotional engaging and unsettling of Mr LaBute's plays since BASH... A serious step forward for a playwright who has always been most comfortable with judgmental distance."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"One of Neil LaBute's subtler effort... Demonstrates a warmth and compassion for its characters missing in many of LaBute's previous works [and] balances black humor and social commentary in...beautifully written, hilarious...dissection of how societal pressures affect relationships... Astute and up-to-the-minute relevant."
Frank Scheck, New York Post
"Will make you squirm in your seat. it's theater without novocaine [from] an author with a uniquely truthful voice."
Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News
Piano Lounge with Ann Dahl
The Last Monday of every month.
Pianist/chanteuse/entertainer Ann Dahl and her new musical partner guitarist/percussionist Brandon Scott have joined up to bring you a new Piano Lounge night, now monthly on the last Monday of the month. The next one is Monday, March 30, at The Mix Studio Theater at 8 N. Washington in downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan. The soiree starts at 8pm. Payment for admission is through the tip jar on Ann's piano. Ann will sing and play, along with various musician friends of hers. Then, audience members will get the chance to pick from Ann's collection of sheet music and sing their favorite songs.
Ann brings her special vibrant soulfulness to the music of Patsy Cline, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, and lots more. And when we've all had just enough "refreshments", don't be surprised if everyone breaks into a passionately earnest rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody"!
Location: The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.
Dates and Times: Monday, January 26 at 8pm.
E-mail: email@example.com for additional info.
Admission: Tip jar on Ann's piano.
Phone: (734) 985-0875
The UNclub Standup Open Mic
And don't miss The UNclub every Sunday night at 8pm, 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 Southwest 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 Mix Studio Theater and 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."
Uncle Hippie was here!
The Uncle Hippie Show
with Chili Challis
September 20 at 8pm
We had a great show and a lot of laughs. Uncle Hippie will be returning later with more of the best in standup comedy. In the meantime, enjoy our regular UNclub open mic Standup Open Mic, hosted by Mark Sweetman every Sunday at 8pm,
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."