Mu Performing Arts and Artistic Director Randy Reyes invite you to experience an unparalleled variety of events in our 2014-15 Season of theater and taiko!
There is something for everyone in this thrilling lineup of plays and concerts as we continue to bring you fantastic performances from the heart of the Asian American experience.
- WORLD PREMIERE -
The plan was so simple.
1.) Eat Korean food.
2.) Drink Korean beer.
3.) Live and work in the homeland for the first time in 22 years.
But only days away from moving back to the Midwest, Billy is unexpectedly reunited with his Korean birth brother and must somehow reconcile his modern American life with his newfound Korean past.
Written by and starring longtime Mu performer Eric Sharp (Yellow Fever, Into the Woods, Ching Chong Chinaman), Middle Brother expands Mu’s body of work exploring the Korean adoptee experience. Director Robert Rosen (Theatre de la Jeune Lune) helms this imaginative world premiere with his signature physical theatre style.
Enjoyed by ages 12+
Running Time: 100 min. (No intermission)
- WORLD PREMIERE -
Mu Daiko’s brand of heart-pounding rhythms and high-flying movement returns to its Twin Cities community roots in an innovative concert at Mixed Blood Theatre. The nationally recognized taiko drumming ensemble celebrates its 18th season of taiko with reimagined pieces from the repertoire and several premiere pieces, including director Jennifer Weir's brand new collaboration with celebrated local director/choreographer Joe Chvala (Flying Foot Forum, Guthrie Theater).
Limited Seating, Make your reservation today!
“You owe it to yourself to see [Mu Daiko] perform at least once; it’s a thrill that engages the mind, body, and soul and leaves you feeling invigorated and energized.”
~ Jill Schafer, Cherry & Spoon
- ONE WEEKEND ONLY -
TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
Saturday, November 29 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 30 at 2:00 PM
Lobby opens 45 min before showtime
Buffet meal and drinks served 30 min before showtime
(includes drinks and buffet meal)
The holidays takes their toll on us all…
Santa’s hitting the bottle again, and Jasmine is down in the dumps. The only thing that will cheer her up is singing, dancing, and laughing the night away with her talented friends and family members. Hosted as always by Jasmine (Randy Reyes’ drag persona), this irreverent holiday cabaret showcases Mu’s best musical theater and taiko talent and features delicious food and drinks included in the price of admission.
Be sure to get your tickets early for one of Mu's most popular holiday traditions!
Enjoyed by ages 16+
The Playwright's Center
2301 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Friday Jan 23 at 7:30pm
– 2 PERFORMANCES –
Yellowtail Sashimi by Saymoukda Vongsay
Directed by Scotty Gunderson
Three generations of Lao Americans - a grandmother waiting to die, twin sisters (one in love with an asianphile, one struggling to come out), and a buffalo boy with zero effs to give - are connected by folktales and ominous dreams.
Fast Fwd Motion by Katie Ka Vang
Directed by Katie Ka Vang
Fast Fwd Motion is an intimate look into the lives of a women's volleyball team and how despite all odds continue to find happiness and create an understanding of how their volleyball playing impacts the larger cultural and social systems they belong to. It takes place at the annual Hmong Freedom Festival 2003.
*Both plays are unfinished works-in-progress
Sat Jan 24th at 7:30pm
The Astonishing Journey of Mabel Li and the Mysterious Ways of Lord Ba Tha Za by Myra Sito Velasquez
Directed by Eric Sharp
"In a world of vengeful ghosts, scheming vixens, and roving sex bandits, what's a poor peasant girl to do?"
Sun Jan 25th at 2pm
Lemon Twist (A Musical) by Stephane Ly-Coung
Directed by Katie Bradley
Lemon Twist tells the story of Yvonne, an American-Vietnamese woman living in New York who is torn between her very traditional Vietnamese family and her desire to be a "normal" American. She longs to be an actress – to star in a musical! To light up the silver screen! – but roles for Asians are few and far between. Should she give in to her mother’s pressure to become a pharmacist? Luckily, her sharp sense of humour comes to her aid as she finds herself between jobs, between relationships, feeling neither wholly American nor entirely Vietnamese...
- OBIE AWARD WINNING ASIAN AMERICAN CLASSIC -
"For the warriors in my family" ~ David Henry Hwang
Following our hugely successful state-wide tour of Chinese restaurants, Mu's production returns to Minneapolis for a 3-week run at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Hwang’s landmark 1979 play deftly explores relationships and conflicts between established ABC (American Born Chinese) and FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) newcomers. The production stars Randy Reyes, Meghan Kreidler
, and Michael Sung-Ho
and follows Mu’s recent productions of other David Henry Hwang plays including Yellow Face
(2010) and his adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song
Don't miss this lively gem from the beginning days of the Asian American theater movement as Mu transforms Mixed Blood Theatre
into a Chinese restaurant.
Each Saturday, special guest panelists from local Chinese-owned restaurants will be on hand to field questions from the audience after each performance.
Pre-order a single-serving box of Chinese food to eat during the performance. Click Get tickets
to order your tickets with or without food today!
A History Theatre WORLD PREMIERE
in collaboration with Mu Performing Arts
Enjoy a glimpse into the pageantry, customs, and teenage restlessness that are all part of the Valentine’s Ball and Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts.
Since 1978, Minnesota’s Filipino-American community has gathered for this annual affair which celebrates their vibrant heritage as Filipinos and Americans. This fun new coming-of-age play by local artist and former debutante escort Eric 'Pogi' Sumangil follows six teens as they prepare for this special event and connect with their Filipino heritage through stories, haranas (traditional Filipino love songs), the waltz and even a bit of hip hop, while finding the balance between tradition and assimilation, parental pressure and personal independence.
Enjoyed by ages 12+
- SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY -
"If music be the food of love, play on."
Join Mu on the shores of Illyria, where ship-wrecked Viola starts
a new life in the court of Count Orsino. As the melancholy clown Feste, Randy Reyes leads a large ensemble cast in this immersive production, marking Mu’s first foray into Shakespeare since our popular 2006 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Mu’s shimmering conclusion to the 14-15 Season, this lively and accessible Asian American-inspired romp features a score of live music and loads of physical comedy.
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