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Try something Mu! Under the leadership of incoming Artistic Director Randy Reyes, we are proud to announce our upcoming 2013-14 season of theater and taiko. This latest lineup of exciting plays and concerts promises to thrill as we continue to develop the canon of theater and taiko from the heart of the Asian American experience.

2013-2014 Productions

KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS. CANNIBALS
by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
October 12 - October 27

WORLD PREMIERE Take a ride into a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over and cannibals hide in the mountains. Developed through the Mu/Jerome Foundation New Performance Program, Vongsay’s new play features martial arts battles and a hip hop score, spun by a live DJ. Based on the five Buddhist tenets, follow two Lao women as they struggle to maintain their personal moral code in a world gone wrong. Ages 14+. Adult Language, Violence Running Time: 1 hr 45 min There will be one 15 minute intermission
A VERY ASIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT
by Randy Reyes
November 30 - December 1
Music Direction by Anita Ruth

November 30 – December 1, 2013

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!



Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30) Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm) Back by popular demand! Jasmine (Randy Reyes) and her friends are moving to The Southern Theater for a bigger, crazier dysfunctional celebration. Join her for a night of holiday music and raucous laughter along with your favorite Mu actors and new this year, Mu Daiko! Ages 16+ (Contains adult humor)
NEW EYES FESTIVAL – 2014
January 23 - January 26

Why didn't we think of it sooner? We're teaming up with The Playwrights' Center to present our 22nd Annual Festival of new Asian American plays. Join us for this exciting first look at the pieces we're considering for future main stage seasons.
Artistic Director Randy Reyes will direct the staged readings, which will feature your favorite Mu actors. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be served at each reading based on the content of the specific plays.


RHYTHM IN MOTION: MU DAIKO AT THE COWLES CENTER
March 7 - March 9
Iris Shiraishi, Artistic Director

Mu Daiko explores the limitless possibilities of rhythm in motion, dancing with Japanese drums large and small with beauty and precision. The taiko drumming ensemble promises to touch your heart and shake you in your seats with brand-new work that pushes the boundaries of taiko as well as audience favorites! Full show: Age 7+ Family show: Age 3+


STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY
by Jeannine Coulombe an adaptation of the children's book by Newbery Honor-winning author Grace Lin
April 25 - May 18

In collaboration with Stages Theatre Company April 25 - May 18, 2014 The moon is missing from the remote village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Join in the adventure as Mu collaborates with Stages Theatre Company to bring this Chinese tale to life. Ages 7+
FOB MN TOUR
by David Henry Hwang
June 7 - June 29

Obie Award Winner Mu Performing Arts proudly presents the Minnesota Chinese Restaurant Tour of FOB by David Henry Hwang (Broadway's Chinglish, M. Butterfly). The production will tour during weekends in June to four Minnesota communities.

TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS:

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June 7–8 New York Mills (Jin Hu Restaurant) June 14–15 North Mankato (New Great Wall) June 21–22 Red Wing (Golden China) June 28–29 Rochester (Kingdom Buffet)

All Performances (Saturdays & Sundays) at 2:00 pm General Admission: $5.00 Ticket includes a Chinese buffet meal. (Meal and the performance = a $35 value!)

Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes helms Hwang's landmark Obie Award-winning play which explores relationships and conflicts between established ABC (American Born Chinese) and FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) newcomers. The production stars Eric Sharp (Yellow Fever, Into the Woods), Meghan Kreidler (Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals), and Michael Sung-Ho (Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors).

TEA TIME

Learn more about the history of Chinese immigration to the The United States at our TEA TIME, an interactive lecture hosted by our presenting partners and led by Eliza Rasheed.

The Minnesota Chinese Restaurant Tour is funded by the Arts Tour Minnesota FY2014 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. FOB follows Mu's successful recent productions of other David Henry Hwang plays including Yellow Face (2010) and his adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (2009).


Minnesota State Arts Board: Arts Tour Minnesota FY14 – This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
PASSING THE BEAT
June 21 - June 22

Come see our amazing taiko students as they take the stage alongside their Mu Daiko instructors for this popular annual recital.


TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY: Saturday June 21 at 7:00 PM Sunday June 22 at 2:00 PM
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
July 25 - August 10
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by Hugh Wheeler
directed by Rick Shiomi
music direction by Jason Hansen


A journey through the phases of love in waltz time. Hailed by many as Sondheim’s best musical, Randy Reyes leads a talented cast of your favorite Mu performers including Sheena Janson (Little Shop of Horrors) in this classic about love and dysfunctional relationships. Following our 2012 hit production of Into the Woods, Rick Shiomi returns to helm Mu's latest adaptation of a classic Sondheim musical on the Park Square Theatre stage. Ages 12+ Running time: 2 hrs and 45 minutes (including one 15 minute intermission)

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