The Holidays are Happening at The Mix Studio Theater
Join Emergent Arts as we enter our second year in residence.
Opening December 11
at The Mix Studio Theater
No show on Thursday December 18
Christmasville: Two Holiday One Acts:
No Show on Thursday December 18
The Office Party
by Paul Bianchi
No Room At The Big Sleep Inn
by Tim Henning
Directed by Paul Bianchi
Emergent Arts, resident theatre company at The Mix Studio Theater, will present two original one acts in celebration of the holiday season. Christmasville: Two Holiday One Acts will open December 11 and run through December 21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, at The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students with I.D., available at the door by cash or check, or online at www.emergentarts.com.
"No Room at The Big Sleep Inn" by Tim Henning takes place at Tiny's Big Sleep Inn on Montauk in Long Island on a blustery snowy Christmas Eve. Three regulars at the motel bar, including Tiny's widow, have gathered to perform a secret annual ritual in honor of the motel's deceased owner. An unwelcome stranger wanders into their sacred ceremony, looking only for a warm bed, but instead finds something he could never have expected.
In "The Office Party" by Paul Bianchi, an eager-to-make-his-mark employee attends his boss' annual Christmas party. Although the boss has said, "no presents," he has the perfect gift. Except he left it at home. An uninvited mystery woman shows up, and is promptly asked to leave. The boss and one other employee show up. Not much of a party, right? Except, this year, everyone will get a present they will never forget.
Both plays will be performed at each performance, featuring Susan Morris, Tony Putman, Lisa Putman, Richard Sherburne, and Tony Klee. Directed by Paul Bianchi.
Location: The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.
Dates and Times: December 11-21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
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Admission: $15 General Admission, $12 Seniors and Students with ID. Bring receipt from Haab's Restaurant for day of show and receive $5 discount/rebate.
Tickets: Online at www.emergentarts.com
Phone: (734) 985-0875 for pay-at-the-door reservations.
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."
Piano Lounge with Ann Dahl
The 2nd and Last Monday of every month.
The November 24 Piano Lounge has been canceled.
Pianist/chanteuse/entertainer Ann Dahl continues a bimonthly series of piano nights Monday, November 10 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. Cellist Kate Blaha was here at the end of August, and will return. Audience members get to join the fun and pick from Ann's collection of sheet music and sing their favorite songs.
Picture yourself at a party. The crowd has maybe thinned a little. It's only the cool people now, the ones who know how to hold their liquor and an intelligent conversation at the same time. You're sipping responsibly on your chardonnay, reminiscing with a newly met soul mate about ... well, just imagine. You
hear the seductive tinkling of ivories from the next room, over which a golden world-wise voice is laying down a smoky smooth rendition of "I'm In Love Again". You link arms with the most recent love of your life and the two of you follow the mesmerizing notes to their source. There at the piano, a mysterious chanteuse is holding court for her loyal admirers. As she delicately flicks her little finger out to tap the last note, she turns to you and beckons. You can't help yourself. You have to see what she wants. She points at a stack of sheet music. "Pick one." She smiles. Your eye is drawn straight to your favorite one. You danced to it one night at your sister's wedding, and got into trouble with the groom's French cousin, the beginning of the craziest three month fling anyone could imagine. You hand the music over, prepared to step back, to listen. But something in you won't let you. Something in you wants to sing it yourself. The piano player catches the look in your eye and understands. She plays your intro, and you begin to sing. Imagine that.
Location: The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.
Dates and Times: Monday, October 27 at 8pm.
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Admission: Tip jar on Ann's piano.
Phone: (734) 985-0875
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."