(Courtesy of Wandering Aesthetics)
The Electric Pressure Cooker (#EPCooker) will take place April 11 at 8 p.m. at None Too Fragile Theatre inside Pub Bricco, located at 1841 Merriman Road in Akron.
The #EPCooker is one of Akron’s hottest open mics. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 30 performances and six non-stop hours of art. Most months include an art gallery, showcasing the talents of a local visual artist.
Sign ups to perform begin one-half hour (7:30 p.m.) before performances (8 p.m.) start. Anyone may sign up for a 10-minute slot. Slots are extended to 15 minutes, if set up/tear down is required for the acts. An emcee and sound system (with operators) are provided.
Ryan Michael Dyke – musician, actor and improv star – is this month’s emcee. All varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists.
But the sky is the limit: no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker. All levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform) with adult supervision.
The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic, it is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.
About the emcee
Emcee Ryan Michael Dyke is a “man of many hats.” He likes to keep busy, falling behind on his TV shows– constantly. He loves movies, comic books and redheads with freckles. He has worked with multiple local theatre companies, doing small parts, big parts, lights, stage crew, costumes, set construction and, generally, just messing around. He is also an original member of Just Go With It Improv, Akron’s first long-form improv troupe. Other JGWI members include previous EPCooker Emcees: Dean Coutris and Matthew Dolan. On weekends, Ryan attends Comic Book Conventions – Or Comicons as the “cool kids” call them – in costume and does what these self-proclaimed “cool kids” call cosplay!
Another major aspect of his life is his band Copper Pennies. Debuting last year at an Electric Pressure Cooker, they have grown quickly, playing live gigs at least once a month. Check out #CopperPenniesAkron for information about upcoming performances.