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

Cedar Riverside
Neighborhood Engagement

Deepening our work in Cedar Riverside


The zip code in which Mixed Blood has resided since its 1976 inception, 55454, is the most ethnically diverse between Chicago and the West Coast. Four thousand people live on Mixed Blood's block, hailing from 63 countries and speaking 92 languages. In 2009, Mixed Blood began building relationships within the local Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian communities. In partnership with Bedlam Theatre, Mixed Blood has expanded and deepened its work within the Cedar Riverside community to include offering auditorium, office, and event space for individuals and organizations in the neighborhood, free admission to performances at Mixed Blood Theatre, training an acting company of young adult East Africans, and creating and producing plays by, about, for, and with the residents of the 55454 zip code.

Please join us for any of these events, hosted by Mixed Blood & SIMBA: 

CVE Listening Session
Tuesday, December 15 2-15, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

A conversation with local youth leaders about the impact and implementation of the Countering Violent Extremism program.

Somali Film & Theatre Roundtable
Monday, January 25 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

A roundtable discussion with local Somali film and theatre actors, playwrights and producers.

Dance With Me Staged Reading
Friday, January 29 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Join us for a staged reading of Ahmed Yusuf’s play Dance With Me, the riveting story of a Somali immigrant family adjusting to their new life in America.

Community Film Screening
Friday, February 5 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

A screening of a family-friendly film co-sponsored by West Bank Community Coalition.

Story Mix
Tuesday, February 16 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

An evening featuring skits from local storytellers.

Teen Voice Night
Monday, March 14 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Teen Voice is a program at Brian Coyle Community center designed to help high school students discover their strengths, passions, dreams, values and goals. Join us for a night of spoken word and performance art from Teen Voice.

Cypher Night
Tuesday, April 26 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

A night featuring a mixture of traditional and modern Pan-African musicians, poets and dancers. This event is also part of Mixed Blood‘s WD40 Points of View salon series.

Artist’s Session
Monday, May 23 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

An evening of conversation with established local artists giving advice to young up-and-coming artists about staying true to self, overcoming obstacles, self producing, finding work and connecting to local resources.

Golden Years Panel
Tuesday, June 14 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

An intergenerational panel pairing former and current Somali arts, media and sports trailblazers, intending to create a space of horizontal learning for the audience and participants.

Current opportunities include:

  • Welcoming Spaces: Mixed Blood provides free space and technical support for neighborhood-focused events that bring the community together. Mixed Blood's venue is a point of assembly for its neighbors, available without charge for meetings, performances, or gatherings of any kind organized by residents, organizations, and business owners within 55454. To request the 200-seat auditorium, 40-person rehearsal room, or small meeting space, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 612.338.7892 
  • See our plays for free: Through Radical Hospitality, admission is free on first come first served basis starting 2 hours before every show.

  • Audition for a Mixed Blood play: Be a paid actor in one of our plays- we are currently hosting auditions for local actors. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

  • Be part the Cedar Riverside Advisory Committee: Volunteer to be a part of the advisory committee for Mixed Blood’s Cedar Riverside engagement activities. 

  • Join the Drama Club: neighborhood teens and adults (ages 13+) are invited to join Drama Club. Drama Club is led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and held every Wednesday, from 5-6pm at the Brian Coyle Center.