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Mu Performing Arts
and Artistic Director Randy Reyes invite you to experience an unparalleled variety of events in our 2015-16 Season of theater and taiko!

Celebrate 50 years of Asian American theater with Mu Performing Arts this season. Bringing you new taiko performances and innovative works from the heart of the Asian American experience, as well as our 50th World Premiere production.

2015-2016 Productions

TAIKO GROOVE
November 5 - November 8
Assistant Director: Emma Valentine

Featuring Los Angeles-based taiko group ON ENSEMBLE

Taiko Groove is a collaborative concert that explores a more contemporary taiko groove. Witness a variety of instrumentation, rhythms and melody, and of course the visceral excitement and chest-rattling of our big drum numbers that audiences love.
A VERY ASIAN XMAS 2015
November 28 - November 29

Starring Jasmine herself, Mu's annual holiday cabaret! A night of songs, smiles, and seasonal delights!

Inspired by her recent trip to France, this years holiday spectacular will be called "A Very Asian Xmas 2015: The Mu-lan Rouge." Join Jasmine and friends for a night of songs, smiles, and seasonal delights as she wishes Minnesota farewell and prepares to move to glamorous Paris! Ticket will include appetizers, dessert, and drinks. Join us! Food Sponsored by: TeaHouse_FinalLogo    Funfare Logo
PURPLE CLOUD
by Jessica Huang
December 4 - December 20

WORLD PREMIERE production by Minnesota playwright Jessica Huang

WORLD PREMIERE

When you’re hapa, you know deep down you’re greater than the sum of your many parts. In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the many facets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces– they embark on a mythical journey from China to America and back again. Through three intertwining stories, we see the Huang family through the messy and beautiful business of acculturation: Grandpa Lee immigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American, taught to pass as white and unsure of his own blood; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through a tattoo of a deer and the search for her true name.
YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
by Mia Chung
February 20 - March 6
Associate Producers Greg and Penny Anderson

REGIONAL PREMIERE at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio

The Guthrie proudly welcomes the return of Mu Performing Arts, one of the nation’s premier Asian American performing arts companies. Mu presents the regional premiere of You for Me for You, a culture crossing tale critics have hailed a “rich and startling North Korean escape epic” (The Guardian), and a “brilliantly imaginative journey … not to be missed” (The Independent). As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee (Sun Mee Chomet) and Junhee (Audrey Park) are torn apart at the border. Each must race across time and space to be together again – navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief. Under the direction of Randy Reyes, this fantastical, humor-filled play runs for just two weeks in the Dowling Studio – don’t miss it! Join us for Post-Show Discussions after select performances:
  • Sunday February 21 (1:00PM performance) Guest: Playwright Mia Chung
  • Thursday February 25 (7:30PM performance) Guest: Dr. Rich Lee, Professor of Psychology and the Editor of the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology at the University of Minnesota
  • Saturday, February 27 (7:30PM performance) Guests: Julia Nekessa Opati and Angilee Shah from Gazillion Strong
  • Thursday, March 3 (7:30PM performance)
  • Saturday, March 5 (7:30PM performance) Guest: Hyon Kim of Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota
  High Resolutoin MNAPABA Logo Thank you to the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association for their support
tot: THE UNTOLD, YET SPECTACULAR STORY OF (a filipino) HULK HOGAN
by Victor Maog
June 16 - June 26

WORLD PREMIERE production in partnership with the JEROME FOUNDATION

TOT follows an immigrant boy who travels from the Ferdinand Marcos-ruled Philippines to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet his long lost parents. He journeys from a country full of strife and military rule only to find himself in his lonely American bedroom conjuring a pro wrestling fantasy to escape his new life.