First, we want to thank everyone who has made it possible for us to be resident theatre company at The Mix Studio for the past year and a half. Sadly, our days at this space are numbered, unless we can raise some money to pay back rent and other expenses. In the grand scope of things, it may not seem like much, but to us it is everything. Please help us out by contributing whatever you can to our GoFundMe campaign. As rewards, we are offering tickets and t-shirts. And the knowledge that you are keeping small theatre alive.
Please go to the bottom of this page on the left hand side to donate to our GoFundMe campaign, or copy this link and paste it in your browser: http://www.gofundme.com/emergentartsatmix
And now, on with the shows!
The weather is warming up, and so is The Mix Studio Theater.
The UNclub Standup Open Mic
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 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 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."
at The Mix Studio Theater
8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The Laugh Riot Dolls
and The Little Dollies
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 June 19 at 9 pm with their wickedly irreverent take on life. All seats $10. Bring that day’s meal receipt detailing what you had from Haab’s Restaurant and get $4 discount/rebate on ticket. One discount per ticket.
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 Heather Kozlakowski herself, Stephanie Hillier, Jennifer Dama, Emily Syrja, Brandi Alexander, and Ellen Stachowicz 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.
The World of Rollie Tussing
Saturday June 20 at 8pm
All seats $10 Available HERE
Rollie Tussing returns to The Mix Studio Theater with Dooley Wilson and Tim Monger on June 20 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 HERE.
Our great friend and local legend Rollie Tussing, master of the slide guitar and raggedy folk man extraordinaire continues 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.
Bring that day’s meal receipt detailing what you had from Haab’s Restaurant and get $4 discount/rebate on ticket. One discount per ticket.
Piano Lounge with Ann Dahl
The Last Monday of every month.
Next Piano Lounge is June 29.
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, April 27, 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, June 29 at 8pm.
E-mail: email@example.com for additional info.
Admission: Tip jar on Ann's piano.
Phone: (734) 985-0875
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."