Mixed Blood Theatre

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