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Mixed Blood Theatre Six-Show 2018-19 Season! Transforming the impossible to the probable

2018 Obie Award for playwright, director, and lead actors, IS GOD IS is an epic woman’s revenge play taking its cues from the Spaghetti Western, hip hop, Afropunk, the ancient, modern, and the tragic.

43rd Season begins September 21
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By MIXED BLOOD THEATRE

Speaking truth to power and upending the status quo through theater via provocative programming in which comedy, drama, satire, and extravaganza take on Me Too, automation, Black Lives Matter, abortion, climate change, gender identity, NFL player protests, and, throughout everything, race. The season will put on display Mixed Blood’s core value to be predictably unpredictable.

Artistic Director Jack Reuler: “At Mixed Blood the stage is a soapbox and compassion is a verb. How do we move from seeing each other to acting for each other? How can an arts organization be an antidote for dominant trauma? Transforming the Impossible to the Probable aspires to have a moral imagination that stimulates ripples of hope. I was once told that ‘The work of an artist is to make revolution irresistible.’ That is the aim for the half dozen shows that populate our offerings before Memorial Day, 2019”

IS GOD IS
September 21 – October 14, 2018
By Aleshea Harris, directed by Nataki Garrett

African American twin sisters journey from the Dirty South to California in blood-soaked travels; a satire and an earnest exploration of what it means to claim justice and survive violence. Funny,
triumphant, and surprising, it asks us to consider the roots, futility, and consequences of cyclical violence. Features Obie and Ivey Award winning actress, Dame-Jasmine Hughes.

PRESCIENT HARBINGERS
November 17 – December 2, 2018

Mixed Blood’s Response to the Mid-Term Election. Three, full-length plays by African American Provocateurs performed in rotating repetition: glued together by an African American male prism, through contrast, and via Second Amendment violations.

GLORIA
by Branden Jacob-Jenkins, directed by Lavina Jadhwani

HOODED or Being Black for Dummies
by Tearrance Arvell Chisholm, directed by Thomas W. Jones II

HYPE MAN, a break beat play
by Idris Goodwin, directed by Shawn LaCount

TBA
March 15 – April 7, 2019

Pending rights discussions prohibit the announcement of this great new play headed to Broadway! This will be your play of choice for the season.

AUTONOMY
“Drive Through Theater”
May, 2019

By Ken LaZebnik, with music by Eric Mayson, directed by Jack Reuler

World Premiere. 152 Wheels, 300 cylinders, 50 tailpipes, and 25 actors led by Artistic Director (and car geek) Jack Reuler will reinvent storytelling, re-tool the audience-performance relationship, enhance standard auto sound technology into sensurround immersion, and personalize what a theatrical venue can be. For performers, it will give new meaning to auto parts!

ZEALOUS HELLIONS
Conversations with Rebels, Renegades, and Rascals

Mixed Blood will host on-stage conversations with thought leaders of their fields.

Ernie Hudson inspired the founding of Mixed Blood in 1976. He has had a successful Hollywood career, currently a regular on Grace and Frankie, and best known as Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore. From Taxi to Oz to St. Elsewhere to Grey’s Anatomy to Twin Peaks to Blue Bloods, Ernie has been a TV fixture.

Oskar Eustis is a Minneapolis native who has gone on to be artistic director of the Eureka Theater (San Francisco), Trinity Rep (Rhode Island), and The Public Theater (NYC). He commissioned and directed the world premiere of Angels in America at the Mark Taper Forum and has produced and/or directed a dozen shows that have moved to Broadway, including Hamilton, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Sweat.

Representative Ilhan Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016, making her the first Somali American elected legislator in the U.S.

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