MU PERFORMING ARTS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
The 2016-2017 Season celebrates 25 years of Mu Performing Arts with
(June 17 – 26, 2016)
(St. Paul) Mu Performing Arts announced its 2016-17 season on Friday, featuring one world premiere, two regional premieres, a classic musical and the first ever Minnesota Taiko Festival. This season marks 25 years of Asian American theater in Minnesota from one of the largest regional Asian American theaters.
The season begins in September with the regional premiere of Carla Ching’s fantastic tale of modern love, The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up. On stage September 9-18, 2016 at the Kilburn Arena Theater in the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota, this show leads the cultural vanguard for the next wave of Asian American theater. Carla Ching is an LA-native, a member of New Dramatists and The Killroys and is is currently writing on Season Two of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
In early 2017, Mu joins Park Square Theatre in a co-production of the beloved musical Flower Drum Song. The new, fully-revised version includes David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-nominated text, and favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. After Mu’s successful 2009 production, the company is excited to bring this Broadway hit back to the Twin Cities for a month-long run from January 20 – February 19, 2017.
Taiko ensemble Mu Daiko debuts at the Guthrie Theater April 28-29, 2017 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with the first ever Minnesota Taiko Festival on the beautiful McGuire Proscenium Stage. A weekend of workshops and events crescendos with Mu Daiko’s 20th Anniversary Concert, featuring amazing guest artists, Mu Daiko favorites, and premieres including a new commission by Michelle Fujii of Unit Souzou.
Mu returns to the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio May 12-28, 2017 to present Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery as a part of the Level Nine Initiative. At once both comedic and political, Lloyd Suh’s play within a play delves into the history and politics of yellowface with a keen eye, dark humor, and a sharp wit. Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! staged in Minnesota by Children’s Theatre Company in 2013, Jesus in India, and many others.
The 25th anniversary season concludes with a devised original work led by multidisciplinary artist Masanari Kawahara that has been years in the making. Debuting at Bedlam Lowertown August 4-20, 2017, The Immigrant Journey Project is a Knight Arts Challenge 2014 winner, as well as a collaboration with five of Mu’s community partners as they share stories of 21st century immigration through a collection of puppetry, masks, movement, and music.
For yet another first, the 2015-16 season opener Purple Cloud by Jessica Huang is one of five shows selected to be featured at the 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in October Mu is taking this 2015 critically acclaimed production on the road to a national stage.
With A Very Asian Xmas, The New Eyes Festival of new works, the innovative Taiko Lab, and the annual Passing the Beat recital, there’s plenty to be excited about from Mu Performing Arts in 2016-2017.
Season Ticket packages can be purchased by calling 651-789-1012 or by visiting www.muperformingarts.org.