Summer is jumping at The Mix Studio Theater (Map)
Lots of great things in store this summer and the rest of the year. Auditions are coming up for our next play, Adopt A Sailor by Charles Evered. Go to our audition page for more info.
Emergent Arts presents the comedy
The Complete History of America (abridged)
by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor
The Mix Studio Theater
8 N. Washington
The play runs July 3-6, 10-13, and 17-20, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors and Students with ID.
The play is a fast-paced romp through American history, complete with impromptu props, bad accents, cross-dressing, and funny hats. Three actors present the history of America, stepping in and out of roles while racing around the theater creating chaos and laughter.
Directed by Paul Bianchi, and featuring Michael Shapiro, Ben Myers, and Paul Bianchi.
“...THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA interprets the past as a breathlessly paced sequence of silly vaudeville sketches, word-association games, puns and crude parodies of movie and television genres. Nothing is sacred, and many of the facts have been skewed to suggest the paranoid ravings of a particularly loony tabloid....”
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“History has never been this much fun. Or as delightfully mutilated....
Doubtless, reputable historians like Will and Ariel Durant would cringe at this slapstick telling of the American saga. But the rest of us can just giggle uncontrollably....”
Bill Brownstein, The Gazette (Montreal)
The Improv Mixer returns!
July 25 at 8pm
Emergent Arts will once again present The Improv Mixer, an evening of improvisational comedy, July 25 at 8pm, at The Mix Studio Theater at 8 N. Washington in downtown Ypsilanti. All seats $5 on-line, or at the door.
Troupes performing will be Gut Shot with Jason Valentini, Tom Kollenberg, and Luke Legere, 7 Minutes in Heaven with Moni Jones, Steve Oliver, and Adam Hirzel, and Legally Problematic with Vince Sabatini, Jeremy Gragg, Anna Imesch, Brian Munzenberger, Anne Marie Sumner, Sara Constantakis, Tim Lally, and Josh Campos.
Gut Shot will enact a montage of scenes from Legere, Kollenberg, and veteran improvisational comic Jason Valentini who, with the group RARRR, won at the Planet Ant 2013 Colony Fest.
7 Minutes in Heaven play a game of truth or dare based on audience suggestion, establishing characters we follow through a story of connecting paths.
Legally Problematic perform La Ronde, a series of scenes in which improvisers generally keep the same character, established early on, and reprised in later scenes and story arcs.
Piano Lounge with Ann Dahl
July 28 at 8pm
Pianist/chanteuse/entertainer Ann Dahl will continue a bimonthly series of piano nights Monday, July 28 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.
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, July 28 at 8pm.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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."