Mixed Blood Theatre

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An Octoroon reviews are in!

“kinda brilliant in a crazy sort of way” 'rich, dazzling..provocative and improbably entertaining'
Jill Schafer, Cherry & Spoon/Broadway World

“unsettling, infinitely thought-provoking, and expertly acted … continues Mixed Blood’s streak of plays that will stick with you long after the curtain closes.”
–Emily Anderson, BAD Entertainment

'messy, clever and sometimes gut-bustingly funny.'
Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

'great playwriting being performed, directed and produced by a top notch theatre.'
Tamar Neumann, Aisle Say Twin Cities

'Only when you're one again outside the theater can the power of An Octoroon be fully appreciated'
Ed Huyck, City Pages

Production History


55454 Series (Including Stepping Out of the River at Dawn* by Dean Poynor, Hijab Tube by Seema Sueko, African America by Warren Bowles, and Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi)
Pussy Valley*, by Katori Hall
Hir, by Taylor Mac

Colossal*, by Andrew Hinderaker
Passing Strange
, by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
The Sun Serpent, by José Cruz González

Veterans Play Project*, created by the Footprints Collective
Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy of Plays by Aditi Brennan Kapil; including Brahmani: A One-Hijra Stand-up Comedy Show*, The Chronicles of Kalki*, and Shiv*
In the Time of the Butterflies / En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (billingual)* by Caridad Svich
Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler

Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt
Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta
Minnecanos (full-length bilingual) by Joe Minjares*
Crashing the Party* by Josh Tobiessen

On the Spectrum* by Ken LaZebnik
Gruesome Playground Injuries
by Rajiv Joseph
My Secret Language of Wishes
by Cori Thomas
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Avenue Q
by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx & Jeff Whitty
Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale* by Aditi Brennan Kapil


The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus (bilingual) by Caridad Svich
A Cool Drink A Water by Thomas W. Jones II
Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kris Diaz
Somebody/Nobody by Jane Martin
African America* by Warren C. Bowles (tour)

Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Theory of Mind by Ken LaZebnik (tour)
Hijab Tube* by Seema Sueko (tour)
Red Ink* by Rhianna Yazzie, Drew Hayden Taylor, Yvette Nolan, Tomson Highway, Arigon Starr & Darren Renville
Sweet 15: Quinceñera (bilingual) by Rick Najera
Pure Confidence by Carlyle Brown
Pure Confidence (NYC) by Carlyle Brown

1001 by Jason Grote
Distracted by Lisa Loomer
The Poetry of Pizza* by Deb Brevoort
Love Person* by Aditi Kapil
Esperando La Carroza** by Jacobo Langsner

Messy Utopia* by Naomi Iizuka Seema Sueko Aditi Kapil Velina Hasu-Houston
Pajama Game by George Abbott (adapted and translated by Mark Valdez)
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
Two Queens One Castle* by Jevetta Steele and Thomas W. Jones II

Point of Revue* by Don Cheadle Lynn Nottage Kia Corthron Gavin Lawrence David Barr Kirsten Greenidge Tom Jones Carlyle Brown Dwight Hobbes Syl Jones Jevetta Steele Eisa Davis Robert O’Hara Warren Bowles
Ten Percent of Marta Solano* by Richard Strand (bilingual)
Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith
Vestibular Sense* by Ken LaZebnik
Immigrant Dreams* by Gavin Lawrence (tour)
Indian Cowboy* by Zaraawar Mistry

Queen of the Remote Control* by Sujata Bhatt
The Deaf Duckling* by Aditi Kapil (tour)
Found*(bilingual musical) by Victor Zupanc
Mad Dancers by Yehuda Hyman
Dance On Widow’s Row by Samm-Art Williams
Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg

Permanent Collection by Tom Gibbons
Flags* by Jane Martin
Living Out by Lisa Loomer (bilingual)
Bill of (W)Rights* by Jeff Hatcher Rebecca Gilman Syl Jones Jane  Martin Liz Wong Kelly Stuart and Melanie Marnich

Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
Sweet Nothing In My Ear by Stephen Sachs
Wonderful Ice Cream Suit by Ray Bradbury (bilingual)
Salt Fish and Bakes* by Gavin Lawrence

League of Nations* by Ken LaZebnik
History of Bowling by Mike Ervine
Two Queens One Castle* by Jevetta Steele and Thomas W. Jones II

Sola En La Oscuridad (Spanish)  by Fredrick Knott
A Jew On Ethiopia Street* by Allan Havis
Spinning Into Butter by Rebecca Gilman
Primary English Class by Israel Horovitz

Cut Flowers* by Gavin Lawrence
Haroun and the Sea of Stories* by Zaraawar Mistry from Salman Rushdie novel
La Nona (in Spanish) by Roberto Cossa
Bee-luther-hatchee by Thoma Gibbons

La Verdadera Historia de Coca-Cola en México by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott (Spanish)
Vices* by Everett Bradley & Ilene Reid
Boy by Diana Son
Black Eagle* by Warren Bowles (tour)
Winter by Claudia Allen

Gene Pool by Christi Stewart-Brown
Radio Mambo by Culture Clash
Maria!MariaMariaMaria!* by Lisa Loomer
Black No More* by Syl Jones

Birth of the Boom by Thomas Jones II
Good News About Third World Shoes* by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott
Minnecanos* by Joe Minjares (tour)

¡Ayuda!* by Michael Weller
Santos y Santos by Octavio Solis
Colorblind* by Robert Jones
Black Belts Again by Jevetta Steele and Jack Reuler
Daughters of Africa* by Syl Jones (tour)

They're Coming To Make It Brighter by Kent Broadhurst
True History of Coca-Cola In Mexico* by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott
Eastern Parade* by Rick Shiomi
Fires In The Mirror by Anna Deveare Smith

Hundreds of Sisters and One Big Brother* by Deb Swisher
Oleanna by David Mamet
Keely and Du by Jane Martin
Black Belts II* by Jevetta Steele and Jack Reuler

Snowflake Avalanche by Y York
A...My Name Is Still Alice by Julie Boyd
According To Coyote by John Kaufmann (tour)
Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare

Cincinnati Man* by Syl Jones
Black Belts* by Jevetta Steele and Jack Reuler
King of the Kosher Grocers* by Joe Minjares
Road To Nirvana by Arthur Kopit
Other People's Money by Jerry Sterner
The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin

La Nona by Roberto Cossa
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Frank Galati)
Throwing Bones* by Michael Erickson

Wall of Water* by Sherri Kramer
I Don't Need No Stinking Badges by Luis Valdez
Other People's Money by Jerry Sterner
Dr. King's Dream by Warren Bowles (tour)

Speed The Plow by David Mamet
Only Kidding by Jim Geoghan
Buenavista* by Bernardo Solano
Ali!* by Geoff Ewing and Graydon Royce

I'm Not Rappaport by Herb Gardner
Liquid S kin* by Doug Anderson
Calvinisms* by Ken LaZebnik
Happy Birthday Freddy** by Anton Hudek

The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlum
The Colored Museum by George Wolfe
How To Improve Your Golf Game* by David Babcock
A Map of the World by David Hare

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Rap Master Ronnie by Garry Trudeau & Liz Swados
A...My Name Is Alice by Julie Boyd
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

In the Belly of the Beast by Jack Henry Abbott
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
Ohio Tip-Off by James Yoshimura
Rebel Without A Cause* by Jack Reuler (adaptation)
Baby Boomer Black Big Bands
Meet The Great Falsettos
* by Jack Reuler

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Tango Fatale* by Jon Averill
Lady Soul* by Jack Reuler
I Cheng* by Maria Cheng and Mike Kissin
Motown Mademoiselles* by Jack Reuler
About Face** by Dario Fo

Holiday Inn* by Jack Reuler (adaptation)
K2 by Patrick Myer
Mr. Motown* by Jack Reuler
Harlem Renaissance Revue* by Ken LaZebnik
Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
Kabuki Spectacle by Leonard Pronko & Takao Tomono
Paul Robeson by Philip Hayes Dean (tour)

Black Magic* by Jack Reuler Bob DeFlores Ken LaZebnik
100 Years of Solitude* by Dale Wilson (adaptation of Marquez)
Basement Tapes* by Eric Brogger
Motown Opera* by Jack Reuler
Lemons* by Kent Broadhurst
Jackie Robinson* by Sharon Walton

Cruel Tears** by Ken Mitchell
Accidental Death of an Anarchist** by Dario Fo
Tuesday* by Jewel Walker
Strider by Leonid Tolstoy

Wake by Leni Sloan and Charles Mills
Warp I II & III by Bury St. Edmond & Stuart Gordon
Bloody Bess by Bill Norris
Dr. King's Dream by Warren Bowles (tour)

For Colored Girls... by Ntozake Shange
Bleacher Bums by Stuart Gordon et al
Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard
Make Room For Dada* by Mark Frost
Noah by Jewel Walker (tour)
Quixote's Charge* by Steve Pearson (tour)
African Jazz* by Ken LaZebnik (tour)

The Last Champion* by Sharon Walton
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Candide* by Warren Bowles and Mike Arndt (adaptation)
Tango by Slawomir Mrozek

Joanne!* by Ed Bullins
Brother Champ* by Michael Kassin
Mother April's* by Horace Bond
Sty of the Blind Pig by Philip Hayes Dean

Badd High* by Carl Lumbly and Jack Reuler
Status Quo Vadis by Donald Driver
Black Cycle by Marti Charles
Indians by Arthur Kopit
Dutchman by Amiri Baraka

*  = World Premiere
** = American Premiere