Mu Performing Arts
and Artistic Director Randy Reyes invite you to join us for our 25th Anniversary Season!

Celebrate 25 years of Mu Performing Arts with this huge season. Bringing you new taiko performances and innovative works from the heart of the Asian American experience. Become a subscriber today!


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$90 gets you a ticket to five spectacular performances in the 16/17 season, and discounts to tickets to the Twin Cities Theaters of Color Coalition, including Penumbra Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, New Native Theatre, and Pangea World Theater.

2016-2017 Productions

by Carla Ching
September 9 - September 18

A play about trying not to fall in love with your best friend, or else you might end up hating them.

Kilburn Theatre at Rarig Center on the U of M Campus 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Diana and Max meet at 9 years old, the day their parents start having an affair. In the ensuing decades, they see each other through highs and lows, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. A play about trying not to fall in love with your best friend so you end up hating them.

The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up was featured in the 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center, and we are pleased to have Carla's show opening our 25th Anniversary Season.


Sun Mee Chomet* as "Diana"

Sun Mee Chomet* as "Diana"

Sherwin Resurreccion as "Max"

Sherwin Resurreccion as "Max"





An LA native, Carla Ching stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Nomad Motel (2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference; workshop with Roundabout Theater Company), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage, Pork Filled Productions; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award and The Seattle Times’ Footlights Award for Top Play on a Smaller Stage ), TBA  (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company), and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (also currently running at Artists at Play in Los Angeles). She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center Writers Workshop, the CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g.TBA is published in Out of Time and Place.Fast Company is published by Samuel French. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Proud member of New Dramatists and The Kilroys. On television, Carla has written on USA’s Graceland, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and is currently writing on Amazon’s I Love Dick,executive produced by Sarah Gubbins and Jill Soloway. Twitter: @carlaching

The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up was developed by and received its co-world premiere by Artists at Play in Los Angeles, CA; Julia Cho, Stefanie Wong Lau, and Marie-Reine Velez, Producing Artistic Leaders and Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis, MN; Randy Reyes, Artistic Director. The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by Mu Performing Arts on the University of Minnesota campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and Mu is solely that of licensor and licensee.

by Mu Daiko
October 30 - October 30

ONE SHOW ONLY at 2:00 (7:00 show has been canceled) Taiko Lab is your opportunity to experience original compositions, experimental melodies, and brand new rhythms from the innovative composers/ensemble members of Mu Daiko. You will see the evolution of ideas presented in last year’s lab, as well as new pieces.  This year there will be a focus on exploring shinobue melodies (Japanese flute or fue). You will also get a sneak peak at "Kyoyo", composed by Yuichi Kimura of Daichi No Kai from Kobe, Japan. Seating is very limited, so please reserve your seat in advance for this exciting showcase.
December 12 - December 12

Jasmine's had quite a year. After her debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in October, she's feeling a bit beat, but she still wants to see all of your lovely faces for the holidays! So we're changing things up for A Very Asian Xmas this year with a lovely holiday party - and you're invited!

If you've been to AVAX before, this one's going to be a little bit different, so you don't want to miss it! The party will include:

Scrumptious appetizers, drinks, and hot chocolate! Jasmine's secret recipe bubbly punch Karaoke performances by Jasmine and her friends Sugar cookie decorating Mix & Mingle with all of your Mu favorites

We're looking forward to a festive evening full of laughter, singing, and merry-making with you! Dress in your favorite holiday attire!

by David Henry Hwang, Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein
January 20 - February 19

To create something new, we must first love what is old.

Co-produced with and at Park Square Theatre

Father produces Peking Opera. Son knows nightclub acts sell better. Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1950s, this funny and moving story explores what it means to become American. 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.


Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play GOLDEN CHILD, he received a 1998 Tony Nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical FLOWER DRUM SONG earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. He was also a book writer on Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA. Hwang’s other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, FAMILY DEVOTIONS, THE SOUND OF A VOICE and BONDAGE. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF, THE VOYAGE and THE SOUND OF A VOICE, as well as THE SILVER RIVER with music by Bright Sheng and Ainadamar with Osvaldo Golijov. Hwang penned the feature films M. BUTTERFLY, GOLDEN GATE and POSSESSION (co-writer) and co-wrote the song “Solo” with composer/performer Prince. He has written the book on the new Broadway musical TARZAN, and his new play, YELLOW FACE, will premiere next season. Hwang serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.

Celebrate 20 years of Mu Daiko with guest artists from Japan, Canada and the U.S. Daytime activities are free to the public. Headlining the festival is Mu Daiko’s 20th Anniversary Concert featuring an amazing roster of guest artists, Mu Daiko favorites, and world premiere pieces.

A limited number of special VIP tickets include a pre-show reception with guest artists and preferred seating. All other seating will be general seating only.

1967: a new political identity called Asian American emerges and a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ENDS IN A GROTESQUE CARNIVAL OF MURDER!!!

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. The New York Times calls the show "a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture." Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery was featured in the 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center, and we are pleased to add Lloyd's show to our 25th Anniversary Season.

Join us at Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio as we stage this exciting work as part of the Level Nine Initiative!


unnamedLloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and others, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), ArtsEmerson (MA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), East West Players (LA), and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via The Lark, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.  He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.
by Masanari Kawahara
August 4 - August 20

Created by artist Masanari Kawahara, the project explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. Community members will be joined by Mu actors who will play cameo roles and serve as mentors for the newly trained performers.


imageMasanari Kawahara is a performer, educator and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask and movement into his work. His latest work as a performer/writer/designer was a solo performance piece Little Boy, commissioned and developed by Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Vision series, performed in fall 2014 at Pillsbury House Theatre. He was a company member of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) from 1998 to 2009. At HOBT, Masanari collaborated on numerous productions such as his latest production with HOBT is The Story of Crow Boy (2016). He also created, A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh(2009) which was chosen as outstanding puppetry by Lavender. He was the co-creator and designer of GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha (2006), recognized by City Pages as one of the ten great sets/scenic designs of the year. Masanari Kawahara is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).