Mixed Blood has been producing theatrical works from the disability canon for 18 years and I have had the privilege of directing all of the autism themed plays. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is preceded by Vestibular Sense (2006), Theory of Mind (2009), On The Spectrum (2011), and Orange (2016). What’s been consistent has been that these plays don’t say the word autism, that we celebrate the advantages and challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder and not deficits, and that our approach is through a difference, not disorder, lens.
The oft-cited mantra, “Once you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.,” sets the foundation for my direction of each of these plays. Our axiom is “not about us without us.” People on the spectrum are immersed in this production, from the art being projected to the models for the cast to the audience being sought.
I dream for Mixed Blood, this movement, to be a beacon for comfort, compassion, contemplation, and community. Supported by staff, board, artists, neighbors, funders, audience, activists, and more, I hope that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a giant step in that direction.
Because we are all Mixed Blood,
MacGregor Arney (Christopher) MIXED BLOOD DEBUT. REGIONAL: Going to A Place You Already Are (Anacostia Playhouse); FILM: The Collector (Short Film), THR/\SERS; AWARDS: Christopher & Dana Reeves Upcoming Artist Award (Media Access Awards); EDUCATION: Western Michigan University B.A., University of California, San Diego M.F.A.
Miriam Laube (Judy) MIXED BLOOD: Eastern Parade; TWIN CITIES: Naga Mandala, Triumph Of Love, The Rover, Peer Gynt (Guthrie) REGIONAL: Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Winters Tale, As You Like It, Into The Woods, Head Over Heels, Clay Cart, The Odyssey (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Book Of Will (Denver Center), Big Love (Dallas Theater Center), The Oresteia (Berkeley Rep) BROADWAY: Bombay Dreams AWARDS: Best Supporting Actress – Book Of Will; 2014 Fox Fellowship EDUCATION: MFA University Of Minnesota
Regan Linton (Siobhan) MIXED BLOOD: Safe at Home; REGIONAL: Much Ado About Nothing; Peach Blossom Land (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse), An Accident (Pasadena Playhouse), Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast; Side Show, Urinetown, The Wiz, Our Town (Phamaly Theatre Company), Spirits of Another Sort (The Apothetae), The Archer from Malis (Griot Theatre), A Madrigal Opera (Boston Court); AWARDS: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, Denver Post Ovation Award; EDUCATION: UC San Diego, MFA in Acting, University of Denver, MSW
Tinia Moulder (Ensemble) MIXED BLOOD: The Pajama Game; TWIN CITIES: Sweet Land, Hormel Girls, Let Heaven and Nature Sing (History Theatre), Music Man, My Fair Lady, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance,Merrily We Roll Along (Guthrie), Grand Night for Singing (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts), Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Good News (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (MN Jewish Theater), Old Log Theater, Illusion Theater, Children’s Theatre Company; REGIONAL: Cherry County Playhouse, Boston’s 57 Theater, Perseverance Theater; EDUCATION: B.F.A., Theater, Point Park University
Zack Myers (Ed) MIXED BLOOD: How to Use a Knife; REGIONAL: The Taming of the Shrew (Gablestage), Julius Caesar (Gablestage), Yes, And (Capital Fringe) Franz and Albert (New Theater), Not Ready for Primetime (New Theater), The Cherry Orchard (What if Works), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (What if Works), Lend Me a Tenor (Take Heed); PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Love’s Labours Lost, All the Great Books (abridged), Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, The Tempest; FILM: Questions and Comments, New Comic Day, Ned Venture; Associate Artist with the Arts Radio Network
Raúl Ramos (Ensemble) MIXED BLOOD: How to Use a Knife, Safe at Home, Always in my Heart, DJ Latinidad, In the Time of the Butterflies, House of the Spirits, and many more; EDUCATION: University of California, San Diego, MFA Acting (Hispanic-American Theater.)
Tom Reed (Ensemble) MIXED BLOOD: Next to Normal, Avenue Q; TWIN CITIES: Main Stage Cast 2014-2017 (Brave New Workshop), Ringo, Rom Com, Sports!, Lounge-asaurus Rex (HUGE Improv Theater), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Actor’s Theater), ComedySportz; TV: Lady Dynamite, America Unearthed; AWARDS: Best Actor 48 Hour Film Project (Minneapolis, 2015); EDUCATION: Concordia College Moorhead, Theater Minor; David Midboe, Voice Lessons
Lipica Shah (Ensemble) MIXED BLOOD: Orange, Passing Strange, Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy, The Chronicles of Kalki and Shiv; SELECT NEW YORK: Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club), Bunty Berman Presents… (The New Group), Coping (NY Fringe Festival), Rachel: The Musical (The Wild Project – Fruitie Award Outstanding Featured Performance); SELECT REGIONAL: The Lake Effect (Geva Theatre Center), The Who and The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), Dov and Ali (Chester Theatre); SELECT FILM: Admission, Arbitrage, Let’s Be Out The Sun is Shining (NYIFF Best Actress Nomination); SELECT TV: Time After Time, Limitless,The Following, White Collar, Pokémon; EDUCATION: NYU Tisch www.LipicaShah.com
Bruce Young (Ensemble) MIXED BLOOD: Neighbors, Ruined, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Going Up!, Warp; REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, The Organic Theatre, St Louis Black Rep, Repertory Theatre of St Louis FILM: Risky Business, Jurassic Park III, The Color of Money, Basic Instinct, Into Tempation, Undisputed, Enough; TV: 21 Jump Street, E/R, Highlander: The Series, Quantum Leap, NYPD, X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Grey’s Anatomy, and Prison Break
Jack Reuler (Producer/Director): MIXED BLOOD: 247 Mixed Blood shows, including four prior autism themed shows: Vestibular Sense, On The Spectrum, Theory of Mind, and Orange; REGIONAL: 59E59, The Flamingo, Opryland, The Guthrie Lab and Studio, History Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Delta Flight Museum, Minneapolis Convention Center, UCSD, La Jolla Playhouse, Carlton Celebrity Room, Pomona College, Macalester College, Theatre L’Homme Dieu; OTHER CREDITS President, National New Play Network. EDUCATION: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Macalester College
Brian Bose (Movement Director) MIXED BLOOD: DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party, Charm, Safe at Home, Vietgone; REGIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego REP, London Oval House Theater, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Dance & Company; EDUCATION: University of California, San Diego, B.A. in Theatre & Dance
Chris Code (Stage Manager) MIXED BLOOD: DJ Latinidad, Dr. King’s Dream, Eastern Parade; TWIN CITIES: 60 productions at the Guthrie Theater including their last five hugely successful summer musicals,Mixed Blood Theatre, Illusion Theater, Ordway Center, Jungle Theatre, Cricket Theater, Theater Garage, The Playwrights’ Center, Centennial Showboat, Minnesota Orchestra, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Target Center, and U.S. Bank Stadium; EDUCATION: University of Minnesota Minneapolis Theater Department.
Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Designer) MIXED BLOOD DEBUT. OFF BROADWAY: Second Stage Uptown; REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Center Stage–Baltimore, Theatre@Boston Court, Perseverance Theatre, East West Players, Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within, Yale Repertory Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry, and others;. OTHER CREDITS: Set design faculty at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; EDUCATION: MFA Yale School of Drama, AB Princeton University www.sararyungclement.com
Kathy Maxwell (Video Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Vietgone; TWIN CITIES: History Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the Jungle, Park Square, CTC; REGIONAL: Arizona Theatre Company, Des Moines Metro Opera; EDUCATION: BA in Theatre ,University of Texas, MFA in Theatre, University of Minnesota
Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Vietgone, Corazon Eterno, Colossal, Elemeno Pea, Learn To Be Latina, Pure Confidence, Clean House, Yellowman; TWIN CITIES: Jungle Theatre, History Theatre, Guthrie, Minnesota Opera, Carlyle Brown and Co., Children’s Theatre Co., Park Square, Pillsbury House, MN Jewish Theatre Co., numerous others; REGIONAL: Great River Shakespeare Festival, ACT (San Francisco), SeaGlass Theatre (LA), Opera Philadelphia, Arkansas Rep; LEADERSHIP: Producing Director, Acadia Repertory Theatre, Mount Desert Island, Maine; AWARDS: McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow, Audelco Awardee for Carlyle Brown’s Pure Confidence at 59E59 (NYC)
Eric Mayson (Composer) MIXED BLOOD: Ruined, On The Spectrum, Avenue Q, Neighbors, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, An Octoroon, Vietgone; COMPOSITION COLLABORATIONS: Aby Wolf, Caroline Smith, Lizzo, Doomtree, Atmosphere, Toki Wright, Big Cats, DaNCEBUMS, and Crunchy Kids. He also puts out music under his own name. and wrote the score for the upcoming musical. The Mermaid Hour. He is a composer, performer, producer, and songwriter, and has 3 cats, loves bacon, and his favorite movie is Jurassic Park.
Karin Olson (Lighting Designer) MIXED BLOOD: How to Use a Knife, Barbeque, Charm, Octoroon, Hir, Colossal, Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy, Elemeno Pea, Next to Normal, Learn to be a Latina, Avenue Q, House of the Spirits, Somebody, Nobody, Sweet 15, 1001, Esperando la Carroza, The Pajama Game; TWIN CITIES: Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Jungle Theatre, Frank Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Walking Shadow, TigerLion Arts, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Skylark Opera, Stages Theater Company, History Theatre, TU Dance, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Threads Dance Project, Alternative Motion Project; REGIONAL: Trinity Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage
Joseph Stanley (Set Designer) MIXED BLOOD: How to Use a Knife, Orange, Barbeque, Charm, Pussy Valley, Hir, Colossal, Passing Strange, Next to Normal, Crashing the Party, On the Spectrum, My Secret Language of Wishes, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Pure Confidence, Distracted, Esperando la Carroza, Clean House, Dance on Widow’s Row, and Sweet Nothing in My Ear; TWIN CITIES: Mu Performing Arts, Jungle Theater, Stages Theatre, Frank Theatre, Park Square, Children’s Theatre Company, Pillsbury House Theatre, and others; REGIONAL: Seattle Children’s Theatre, American Southwest Theatre Co.; OFF BROADWAY: 59E59 Theatre; AWARDS: Ivey Award for Scenic Design, 2010
Abbee Warmboe (Properties Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Vietgone, Safe at Home, Coranzon Eterno, Orange, Barbecue, Go Ask Alice, Charm, Because, An Octoroon, Pussy Valley, HIR; TWIN CITIES: Theatre Latte Da, Interact Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Artistry Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie, Yellow tree Theatre, MU Performing Arts, History Theatre, Trademark Theatre; AWARDS: 2017 Ivey Award for Production Design and Execution for Six Degrees of Separation, 2017 Ivey Award for Overall Excellence for Ragtime
Cheryl Willis (Accent Coach) TWIN CITIES: The Jungle, Frank Theatre, Park Square, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The History Theatre, Workhause Theatre; REGIONAL: Artistic Director of Acadia Repertory Theatre, Maine; EDUCATION: Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, London UK
Megan Winter (Master Electrician) MIXED BLOOD: Vietgone; TWIN CITIES: Interact Performing Arts, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Theater Latte Da; REGIONAL: Great River Shakespeare Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival (AME); INTERNATIONAL: City Stage of Cologne, Germany (Events Technician Apprentice); EDUCATION: University of Minnesota, M.F.A. in Lighting Design and Technology
Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog, setting into motion a series of events that expose far greater mysteries. As the clues fall into place, they reveal a community of disparate characters, a family with secrets, and a gifted mind in complicated relationship with the world.