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UCM’s Performing Arts Series Presents The Mayhem Poets

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 3, 2015) – The Performing Arts Series at the University of Central Missouri presents The Mayhem Poets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Hendricks Hall. The presentation is part of the PAS Guest Artist Series.

The Mayhem Poets
The Mayhem Poets

Called “an amazing ride” by The New York Times, the theatrically trained, comedically gifted lyrical virtuosos blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy, delivering a performance described as “The Simpsons meet Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.”

The Mayhem mission originated at Rutgers University in 2000, when Kyle Sutton and Scott Tarazevits started an open-mic on campus called Verbal Mayhem. Their idea was to find a way to access people from all walks of life with spoken word, change people’s lives and reshape society’s view of poetry. The Mayhem Poets’ approach to spoken word has resulted in a feature spot on The Today Show after winning first place and a grant for $100,000 in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006.

The Mayhem Poets have since toured internationally, collaborating with hip hop legend KRS ONE and world class musicians, including Greg Patillo on beat box flute and Jane Hunt on violin. The latest CD, Reverse Birth, was hailed as one of the top spoken word CDs of 2007, and their New York-based educational training operation, Slam Chops, provides opportunities for aspiring poets of all ages.

The Mayhem Poets will conduct a question and answer session following their evening performance. In addition, they will present a special performance for Warrensburg High School at 9 a.m. the same day.

Tickets for The Mayhem Poets are available at the Central Tickets box office in Administration 100, by calling 660-543-8888, online, or one hour prior to show time. Discounts are available, including half-price tickets for K-12 students.

The event is sponsored by The Spotlight at UCM. All UCM students will be admitted with free tickets, which are available at the Student Activities office in Elliott Union 217.

Financial assistance for this performance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.