MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL: Theater Mu, formerly Mu Performing Arts, has announced its 2018-19 season, titled “Being Extraordinary.” The season marks the company’s rebranding and return to its original name.
“Growing up Asian in America, it isn’t enough to be average or ordinary,” said artistic director Randy Reyes in a statement. “You simply wouldn’t be able to succeed. You have to be extraordinary. This season Mu celebrates extraordinary Asian American writers who have given us extraordinary characters in extraordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things.”
The season will begin with A Very Asian Xmas: The Not-Cracker (Nov. 24), a holiday cabaret featuring Reyes’s alter ego, Jasmine.
Next up will be the world premiere of Dandelion Girl (March 21-April 7, 2019), by local playwright May Lee-Yang. The play, a co-production with SteppingStone Theatre, is about a young Hmong American girl who is called a dandelion by a bully. Reyes will direct the production, which will be presented at SteppingStone Theatre.
Following will be The Brothers Paranormal (May 2-26, 2019), by Prince Gomolvilas, a co-production with Penumbra Theatre. The haunting story follows two Thai-American brothers who launch a ghost-hunting business in response to a nationwide increase in sightings of ghosts. Reyes will direct the show, which will be presented at Penumbra Theatre.
The season will conclude with the world premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Hot Asian Doctor Husband (Aug. 16-Sept. 1), at Mixed Blood Theatre. The comedy is about a biracial woman in pursuit of a hot Asian doctor husband after the sudden death of her Japanese father leaves her questioning her identity. Reyes will direct.
Also part of the programming will be Theater Mu’s New Eyes Festival (Feb. 23, 2019), featuring new works by Asian American playwrights.
Founded in 1991, Theater Mu produces both contemporary and classic plays that explore the Asian American experience.