Mu Performing Arts and Artistic Director Randy Reyes invite you to join us for our 2017-2018! Through HER Eyes: Celebrating Female Playwrights and Protagonists. 

Through HER Eyes features three female Asian American playwrights, three world premieres, one regional premiere, and a diverse showing of female protagonists. Become a subscriber today!

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Your subscription includes all four mainstage shows for as low as $50, with fair market value for the package at $100. Along with the four shows, subscribers will receive a subscriber card, personal subscriber concierge, and invites to special events!

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Season Lineup:

 

Two Mile Hollow 

Directed by Randy Reyes

A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, Two Mile Hollow explores the dysfunctional family with brutality, awe and compassion. When the Donnellys gather for a weekend in the country to hash out belonging from their recently sold estate, an emotional storm breaks inside while a literal storm brews outside. As this family of famous, longing-to-be-famous, and kind-of-a-mess-but-totally-Caucasian characters come together with their personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really really really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed (over white wine).

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Mixed Blood Theatre 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

  Feb 16 - 7:30 Opening Night Feb 17 - 7:30 Feb 18 - 2:00 Feb 21 - 7:30 Feb 22 - 7:30 Feb 23 - 7:30 Feb 24 - 2:00 Feb 24 - 7:30 Feb 25 - 2:00 ASL/AD Performance Feb 28 - 7:30 Mar 1 - 7:30 Mar 2 - 7:30 Mar 3 - 2:00 Mar 3 - 7:30 Mar 4 - 2:00  

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Leah Nanako Winkler

  Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington Kentucky. Her play KENTUCKY was among the top 10 on the 2015 Kilroys List and recently received an Off-Broadway Premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre in coproduction with Page 73 and the Radio Drama Network. It subsequently received a West Coast Premiere at East West Players in November-December 2016. Leah is also the author of Two Mile Hollow (2016 Kilroys Honorable Mention, CAATA conference), Death For Sydney Black (terraNova Collective, 2014 Kilroys Honorable Mention) Diversity Awareness Picnic (2014 Kilroys Honorable Mention) , Double Suicide At Ueno Park (EST/Marathon) and The Adventures of Minami: The Robot From Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable (The Brick). With playwright Teddy Nicholas, she cowrote Flying Snakes in 3-D!!! which enjoyed performances in 2011-2012 at Ars Nova (ANT Fest), The Brick Theater and the New Ohio Theatre (Ice Factory ). Leah’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre, Primary Stages, Artists at Play and more. Her experimental stuff has been performed all throughout the city at places like little theatre @ Dixon Place, Prelude Festival, Bowery Poetry Club and more. Her collections of short plays, NAGORIYUKI & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form Of Writing are available on Amazon and have been performed all over the US, France and Asia. Her plays have also been published in Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews , Smith and Krauss, Sam French and Dramatists Play Service. She was an artist in residence at New Group/Urban Arts Initiative , a winner of the 2015 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, a 2015 and 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee, a two time recipient of the A/P/A commission for the Japanese American National Museum, a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship for Creative Writing, a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Playwrights Group, a 2016 Sloan Commission recipient with the Ensemble Studio Theatre, a commissioned writer with 2G, a 2016-2018 Time Warner fellow at the Women’s Project, an alumnus of Youngblood and a 2017 Sundance/Ucross Fellow. The New York Times called her a “distinctive new voice.”

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The Princess' Nightingale

Directed by Randy Reyes

  A thrilling new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale.” In eighteenth century China, the prince and the princess of the dynasty embark on a magical competition to learn the wonders of their land.  Will they be distracted by the glitter of royalty and fantastical entertainment or will they learn the lessons of the Nightingale and see the world with compassionate eyes?  A co-production with Mu Performing Arts, the region's leading theatre celebrating Asian artists and culture, this production is sure to dazzle with music, dance, puppetry, and a heart-felt story of learning to see the world.  

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Steppingstone Theatre 55 N Victoria St, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

  May 2 – 10:00am School Performance May 3 – 10:00am School Performance May 4 - 10:00am School Performance May 4 - 7:00pm (Opening) May 5 – 7:00pm May 6 – 3:00pm PAYA May 9 – 10:00am School Performance May 10 - 10:00am School Performance May 11 – 10:00am School Performance May 11 – 7:00pm Ad Performance May 12 - 3:00pm May 12 - 7:00pm May 13 - 3:00pm ASL Performance May 15 - 10:00am School Performance May 16 – 10:00am School Performance May 17 - 10:00am School Performance May 17 – 7:00pm May 18 - 10:00am School Performance May 18 – 7:00pm May 19 – 7:00pm

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Damon Chua

Damon Chua is a New York-based playwright, poet, fiction writer and producer. Originally from Singapore, Damon now calls Jackson Heights his home. Damon is a member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater’s Writers Lab in New York. His stint at The Public Theater was supported by a Time Warner Foundation grant. He is the recipient of a 2015 Dramatists Guild Fund #writechange scholarship and a 2014 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and the Proscenium Journal, Damon received an Ovation Award for Best New Play and has obtained support from UNESCO and the Durfee Foundation. Damon’s plays have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and presented in several states. They also have been seen in London, Singapore and Toronto. In 2015, he made his Off-Broadway debut through Pan Asian Repertory Theatre with this full-length noir drama Film Chinois.

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The Sex Show

Directed by Sun Mee Chomet

  Finally, Mu Performing Arts welcomes the return of artist Sun Mee Chomet with The Sex Show, June  15th -24th, 2018. The edgy world premiere is a movement-theater piece directed by Chomet in collaboration with phenomenal Twin Cities' Asian American artists.  The Sex Show dives into the heart of stereotypes and sexuality, exploring Asian American identity in surprising and thought-provoking ways.  The play encourages community engagement through an open and lively discussion of a taboo subject.  Chomet's award-winning play Asiamamnesia was produced by Mu Performing Arts in 2008 (correct date?).  The Sex Show is made possible by a generous grant from The Knight Arts Foundation.  

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Penumbra 270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

  June 15 - 7:30 (Opening) June 16 - 2:00 June 16 - 7:30 June 17 - 2:00 June 21 - 7:30 June 22 - 7:30 June 23 - 7:30 June 24 - 2:00

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Sun Mee Chomet

Sun Mee Chomet has worked with Mu Performing Arts (You for Me for You, Cowboy vs. Samurai, Asiamnesia [playwright and actor], Circle Around the Island, WTF); Lincoln Center Theater (brownsville song: b-side for tray); Guthrie Theater (Othello, The Burial at Thebes, Macbeth, The Intelligent Homosexual…); Broadway tour of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses; Syracuse Stage/Charlotte Repertory (M. Butterfly); Ten Thousand Things Theater (Forget Me Not When Far Away, Dirt Sticks, A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Penumbra Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, and many other theaters locally and nationally. Sun Mee’s recognition includes a 2015 Lucille Lortel nomination (brownsville song); 2013 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship, 2013-15 TCG Fox Fellowship, Star Tribune’s ‘Best of’ lists for The Origin(s) Project (2012) and Asiamnesia (2007); “2012 Best Solo Performance” honors for her play, How to Be a Korean Woman (Lavender Magazine), and one of City Pages’ 2008 Artists of the Year. Upcoming, Sun Mee will be acting in the Guthrie’s production of Harvey and assistant directing Disgraced.

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The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity

Directed by Randy Reyes

She’s a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (soap operas with fantasy plot lines). He’s the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one’s virginity.

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Park Square Theatre 20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

  August 3 - 7:30 (opening) August 4 - 7:30 August 5 - 2:00 August 9 - 7:30 August 10 - 7:30 August 11 - 2:00 August 11 - 7:30 August 12 - 2:00 August 16 - 7:30 August 17 - 7:30 August 18 - 7:30 August 19 - 2:00

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May Lee Yang

May Lee-Yang is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and performance artist. Born in Ban Vinai, a refugee camp in Thailand following the Secret War in Laos, May moved with her family to Saint Paul, MN where she lives to this day. Her work often explores the lives of Hmong women and living in a bicultural world, and she has been hailed by Twin Cities Metro Magazine as “on her way to becoming one of the most powerful and colorful voices in local theater.” Her theater-based works have been presented at Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Out North Theater, the 2011 National Asian American Theater Festival, the MN Fringe Festival and others. Her works includeConfessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman and Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star.  She has received grants from the Bush Leadership Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwrights' Center, and the Loft Literary Center.