Mixed Blood Theatre

News + Reviews

 

Stop at Mixed Blood during the West Bank Ride this Saturday!
Join the UofM CHANCE program for some bike decorating, or view the local mural on our building created by young artists from the Brian Coyle Center. Registration for the West Bank Ride on Oct 4 is open to all. 

Jack Reuler Featured in Star Tribune
Twin Cities theater mainstay Jack Reuler defies “types” and practices diversity of spirit and mind. Read the Star Tribune feature about Jack's innovative work and career. 

Colossal
is a Top Pick for Fall Arts
Mixed Blood's Season opening production Colossal, is featured as a top pick for Twin Cities Fall Arts Previews in City Pages, Minnesota Montly, and MNTheaterLove

History + Awards

2014

  • Mixed Blood awarded The Arc Twin Cities's Changemakers Award in the 'Changing Attitudes' category
  • Mixed Blood Theatre's Radical Hospitality Program recognized as "Best Place to Do Something for Free" by City Pages
  • Jack Reuler receives honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Macalester College for his contributions to his field and community
  • The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (including Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-up Comedy Show, The Chronicles of Kalki, and Shiv), written by local playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil, recieves world premiere at Mixed Blood
  • Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki receive double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama

2013

  • In the Time of the Butterflies/ En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas recieves bilingual premiere
  • Mixed Blood awarded the "50/50 Applause Award" by the International Centre for Women Playwrights

2012

  • Mixed Blood Theatre named "Best Theater 2012" by City Pages
  • Crashing the Party receives world premiere at Mixed Blood
  • On the Spectrum awarded a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award citation
  • Mixed Blood and Radical Hospitality program win MN Council of Nonprofits Dot.Org Award for innovative audience outreach efforts via social media

2011

  • Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale receives the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere Award, and its first world premiere at Mixed Blood
  • Jack Reuler honored by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a Black History Month hero for his and Mixed Blood's work
  • World premiere of On the Spectrum

2010

  • Ruined and featured actor Regina Marie Williams win Ivey Awards
  • Jack Reuler receives Theatre Communications Group’s Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for pioneering practices in theater, dedication to freedom of expression and risk-taking for the advancement of theater
  • The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espíritus receives bilingual premiere

2009

  • Mixed Blood receives Ordway’s Sally Award for Vision
  • Jack Reuler is given Actor’s Equity’s Spirit Award
  • Pure Confidence moves to off-Broadway, garnering three Audelco Awards
  • Aditi Kapil wins Stavis Playwriting Award for Love Person
  • World premiere of Red Ink, Hijab Tube and Theory of Mind

2008

  • World premiere of Aditi Kapil’s Love Person

2007

  • Mixed Blood receives MetLife Foundation Award for Arts Access
  • Ken LaZebnik receives American Theatre Critics Assocation’s Osborn New Play Award for best emerging playwright for Vestibular Sense
  • World premiere of 5-playwright piece, Messy Utopia, a play by, for, about, and featuring people of mixed race
  • Mixed Blood 32nd season celebrates contributions of women artists on stage, off stage, and behind the scenes

2006

  • World premiere of 15-playwright new age vaudeville extravaganza Point of Revue
  • World premiere of Ken LaZebnik’s Vestibular Sense and Aditi Kapil’s Deaf Duckling
  • New show, Immigrant Dreams, added to touring roster
  • Jack Reuler recognized for Lifetime Achievement at Ameriprise Financial Ivey Awards

2005

  • Regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning Take Me Out
  • World premiere of Victor Zupanc’s bilingual Found
  • Company awarded VSA arts of Minnesota Access Award

2004

  • World premiere of Bill of (W)Rights, ten one-act plays performed throughout Mixed Blood’s firehouse facility
  • World premiere of Jane Martin’s fierce political drama Flags starring Chris Mulkey and Karen Landry

2003

  • Co-production of Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog with the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
  • Expansion of mission to include another culture and language with Sweet Nothing in My Ear, produced in both spoken English and ASL

2002

  • Mixed Blood premieres Two Queens One Castle by Jevetta Steele; runaway hit in Minneapolis that was also chosen for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre showcase festival in New York
  • Mixed Blood stages the first production of The Boys Next Door to feature actors with disabilities (co-produced with Interact Theatre)

2001

  • Co-production of Spinning Into Butter with Park Square Theatre played in three venues (Mixed Blood, Park Square, Ordway)
  • World Premiere: A Jew on Ethiopia Street by Allan Havis
  • Company produces one of its biggest bilingual hits, Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott

2000

  • Dedication of the Alan Page Auditorium
  • Mixed Blood’s Silver Anniversary Season: Re-Born to be Wild
  • World Premieres: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, adapted by Zaraawar Mistry from the novel by Salman Rushdie; Cut Flowers by Gavin Lawrence

1999

  • American Theater Critics Association names Black No More finalist for best new American play
  • Mixed Blood’s first annual production presented in Spanish and English by a bi-lingual cast (La Verdadera Historia de Coca-Cola en Mexico)
  • Black Eagle becomes the ninth show in touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Vices by Everett Bradley, Michael Heitzman, Susan Draus, and Ilene Reed; Black Eagle by Warren C. Bowles

1998

  • Co-production of Black No More with the Guthrie and Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.)
  • Playwright-In-Residence Syl Jones wins Roger Stevens Award
  • Founding member of National New Plays Network
  • World premieres: Black No More by Syl Jones; Maria!MariaMariaMaria! by Lisa Loomer

1997

  • Mixed Blood receives Dream Keeper Award from Minnesota Council on Black Minnesotans
  • Mixed Blood co-produces Birth of the Boom with City Theatre (Pittsburgh)
  • World premiere: Good News About Third World Shoes by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott

1996

  • Mixed Blood receives Minneapolis Foundation’s Diversity Award
  • World premiere: Ayuda! by Michael Weller

1995

  • Mixed Blood awarded Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission’s award for outstanding achievement in human rights
  • World premiere: The True History of Coca-Cola In Mexico by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott

1994

  • Minnecanos becomes eighth show in touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Black Belts, Too by Jevetta Steele and Jack Reuler
  • Minnecanos by Joe Minjares

1993

  • Jack Reuler receives Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Minneapolis Community College
  • A…My Name Is Still Alice runs for nine months
  • World premiere: GunPlay by Syl Jones

1992

  • Jack Reuler receives Minneapolis Award
  • King of the Kosher Grocers produced in abandoned supermarket in North Minneapolis
  • Eastern Parade by Rick Shiomi becomes sixth show in touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Black Belts by Jevetta Steele and Jack Reuler; King of the Kosher Grocers by Joe Minjares; Cincinnati Man by Syl Jones

1991

  • Mixed Blood co-produces A…My Name Is Alice and The Grapes of Wrath with the Ordway
  • Jack Reuler named Macalester College’s “Distinguished Citizen”
  • Mixed Blood tours Three-Part Harmony to Jacksonville, Phoenix, and Rochester, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic
  • World premieres: Throwing Bones by Michael Erickson

1990

  • Mixed Blood presented with Actors’ Equity Association’s first Rosetta LeNoire Award for “celebrating the universality of the human experience on the American stage”
  • Daughters of Africa by Syl Jones becomes fifth show in touring repertoire
  • Mixed Blood co-produces The Mystery of Irma Vep with The Attic Theater in Detroit

1989

  • According To Coyote by John Kaufmann added to Mixed Blood’s touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Buenavista by Bernardo Solano; Ali! by Graydon Royce and Geoff Ewing
  • EnterTRaining has first shows

1988

  • Mixed Blood featured in Sports Illustrated
  • World premieres: Liquid Skin by Doug Anderson; Calvinisms by Ken LaZebnik

1987

  • World premiere: How To Improve Your Golf Game by David Babcock
  • American premiere: A Map Of The World by David Hare

1986

  • Mixed Blood opens A…My Name Is Alice, which has multiple runs through November 1993

1985

  • Mixed Blood awarded Twin Cities’ Mayors’ Public Arts Award
  • World premieres: Rebel Without A Cause (adapted) by Jack Reuler; Ohio Tip-Off by James Yoshimura; Baby Boomers’ Black Big Bands Meet the Great Falsettos by Jack Reuler

1984

  • Jack Reuler named to Esquire’s first “Register of People Under 40 Who Are Changing America”
  • World Premieres: I Cheng by Maria Cheng and Mike Kissin; Tango Fatale by Jon Averill; Lady Soul; Motown Mademoiselles

1983

  • Mixed Blood begins Midnight Series with Motown Opera, directed by Steve Yoakam
  • Warren Bowles adds Jackie Robinson to touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Holiday Inn by Jack Reuler (and Irving Berlin), performed with Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra; Midnight Motown Madness; Motown Opera; Mr. Motown

1982

  • Warren Bowles adds Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean to touring repertoire
  • World premieres: Black Magic by Jack Reuler, Charles Mills, Ken LaZebnik, and Bob DeFlores; Harlem Renaissance Revue by Ken LaZebnik; Lemons by Kent Broadhurst; Basement Tapes by Erik Brogger

1981

  • Mixed Blood wins Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Award for best production for its American premiere of Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
  • Pat O’Brien wins Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance as title role in Strider
  • American premieres: Accidental Death of An Anarchist by Dario Fo; Cruel Tears by Ken Mitchell, in co-production with Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

1980

  • Mixed Blood wins Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Award for best production for its science fiction trilogy WARP
  • Dr. King’s Dream is performed by Warren Bowles for first of 2000 times as in theater’s extensive touring program
  • World premiere: Wake by Lenwood Sloan and Charles Mills

1979

  • For Colored Girls…opens at Walker Art Center, directed by Tony Award-winner Trazana Beverly, for 200-performance run
  • World premieres: Make Room for Dada by Mark Frost; Quixote’s Charge by Steve Pearson; African Jazz by Ken LaZebnik

1978

  • Mixed Blood signs contract with Actors’ Equity Association
  • World premieres: Tuesday by Jewel Walker; Last Champion by Sharon Walton; Candide, adapted by Warren C. Bowles

1977

  • World premieres: Mother April’s by Horace Bond; JoAnne! by Ed Bullins

1976

  • 22-year-old Jack Reuler founds Mixed Blood, producing six shows, opening simultaneously with LeRoi Jones’ (Amiri Baraka’s) Dutchman (directed by Lou Bellamy) and the class system comedy Status Quo Vadis
  • World premieres: Brother Champ by Michael Kassin, Badd High by Jack Reuler and Carl Lumbly