Wow. Lots of things have happened in the last few weeks. I'll have more information later, but for now, suffice it to say that 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. Theatre Nova and Carla Milarch and Dan Walker and the people of The Yellow Barn have been gracious enough to let us bring some of our most successful showcase events to their performance space in Ann Arbor. A more complete schedule will be posted later, but I just wanted to get a couple things up today, to keep everyone informed.
The UNclub All Stars
Sunday July 26 at 7:30pm
The Yellow Barn
July 26 will be the first in a fun series at The Yellow Barn with an all star performance by the very best comics who have appeared at The Emergent Arts UNclub Sunday night standup show. Show starts at 7:30 pm, Sunday, July 26, at The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. All seats $10, available HERE.
Veteran headliner and emcee Mark Sweetman will host an evening of professional comedy with Owen Thomas (Comedy Castle headliner), Steve Billnitzer (Hollywood TV/Film Writer), Keith Bergman (touring comic), Heather Kozlakowski (Creator of The Laugh Riot Dolls; actress in television commercials, feature films and radio) that will definitely give you something to talk about at the water cooler the following Monday. The best $10 you’ll spend all week.
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 UNclub Standup Open Mic
Sunday July 26 at 9:00pm
Don't miss The UNclub most Sunday nights at 9pm, (now in its new home The Yellow Barn!) 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 Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
The Laugh Riot Dolls
and The Little Dollies
Saturday August 15 at 9:30pm
Come to The Yellow Barn
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 Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, on August 15 at 9:30 pm with their wickedly irreverent take on life. All seats $10.
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 Nicole Ramirez, Laila Hamdan, Laura Witkowski, Lauren Uchalik, Tricia Chamberlain, and Monique King. 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. L.A. folks look for her Laugh Riot Dolls L.A., coming soon!
“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.
Piano Lounge with Ann Dahl
On hiatus. Times and location tba.
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. 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.
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."