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Mayhem Poets to Perform

Posted Sep. 28, 2012

The internationally known Mayhem Poets will perform at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kent State Tuscarawas Artist/Lecture Series, admission is free and open to the public. The auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m., with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The New York Times has described Mayhem Poets "an amazing ride …The Simpsons meet Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert."  These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos, seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

The Mayhem Poets' unique approach to the spoken word has landed them feature spots on the Today Show and Eyewitness News after winning first place and a grant for one hundred thousand dollars in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006. Since then, they have been touring internationally, collaborating with hip hop legend KRS ONE and world-class musicians such as Greg Patillo (beat box flute) and Jane Hunt (violin). Their CD, Reverse Birth was hailed as one of the Top Spoken Word CD's of 2007 by's poetry section. Their New York City-based educational training operation, Slam Chops is providing opportunities for aspiring poets of all ages.

The Mayhem mission originated at Rugers 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. As a result, they reached out to fraternities, churches and hip hop poetry fans alike to attract the most diverse poetry open-mic scene in the world. The spirit of Verbal Mayhem convinced the two young performers to craft a show and go on a mission to change people's lives and reshape society's view of poetry.

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is located at 330 University DR NE in New Philadelphia.


Media Contact:

Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473,

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Sept. 27, 2012