imagine a u.s. without racism
Written and directed by Seema Sueko
April 8- May 1, 2022
Seven individuals find themselves in a strange, remedial class with an inexorable teacher intent on provoking their imaginations. Comic and somber, foolish and hopeful, the class clashes their way into something unexpected. Drawn from interviews with real-life people across the United States, this play-with-an-ulterior-motive transforms the impossible into the plausible.
imagine a u.s. without racism will be the final production produced by Jack Reuler in his capacity of Artistic Director of Mixed Blood, the theater he founded in 1976.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Seema Sueko (Playwright and Director) is a theater artist from Honolulu, now based in Washington, D.C., who directs stage, digital, consensus organizing, and R&D projects for theaters, think tanks and community organizations. Her previous commissions from Mixed Blood Theatre include Messy Utopia (Ivey Award) and Hijab Tube. Previous arts leadership positions include Deputy Artistic Director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Associate Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse, and Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. Some of her most recent projects include: directing Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata and Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Ken Ludwig in rotating repertory at Virginia Stage Company; co-creating and directing Germantown Plays Pericles, an original, large-scale, outdoor artistic fair and performance with the community of Germantown, Philadelphia; and creating, in the early months of the 2020 global pandemic, the Arena Stage Theater Artists Marketplace, a socially-distant way to connect artists with audiences and generate income for artists. Her other R&D work include developing the Green Theater Choices Toolkit; adapting Mike Eichler’s Consensus Organizing methodology to theater; and testing, in collaboration with researchers from University of California San Diego, whether theater builds empathy, compassion, and well-being in older adults. Their research findings were published here. Seema earned her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago. She serves on the boards of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the SDC Foundation. You may find more info at www.seemasueko.com.
COVID 19 GUIDELINES
– All patrons, including children, attending Mixed Blood performances must either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose), or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the prior 72-hours. On-site testing will be available on a first come first served basis before every performance.
– All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, must always wear masks over their nose and mouth while inside the venue.
– Additionally, we have entirely touchless ticketing. You will receive confirmation of your reservation, but a physical or electronic ticket will not be issued. Your reservation will be accessed at check-in by providing your name and confirming the phone number you provided during the reservation process.
– If you are feeling sick or showing any symptoms, we ask you please to stay home.
This world premiere unfolds at the Firehouse, Mixed Blood’s home, located at 1501 South 4th Street in Minneapolis.
imagine a u.s. without racism previews April 8th and opens April 13th. Admission is free and can be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis here.