• Interstate by Kit Yan and Melissa Li

Interstate

March 6 – March 29, 2020
By Kit Yan and Melissa Li | Directed by Jesca Prudencio

Interstate is a Queer Asian-American pop-rock musical about two trans people at different stages of their journeys, navigating love, family, masculinity, and finding community in the era of social media. It charts Dash, a transgender spoken word performer as he goes on a cross-country tour with Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter, as the activist band, Queer Malady, fueled by the allure of fame and a desire to connect with the Queer Asian community. The band’s fiercely political and deeply personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage blogger living in middle America, who finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family.

Guarantee Admission for $35, or come via Radical Hospitality our no cost, first come first serve program.

Interstate Dates

Thu, March 5th at 7:30 PM – Preview/Trans Advisory Council VIP Night

Fri, March 6th at 7:30 PM – Opening Night

Sat, March 7th at 7:30 PM – Disability Advisory Council VIP Night / Live Audio Description

Sun, March 8th at 2:00 PM – Post Show Talk Back wit the Dramatist Guild and Creators Kit Yan and Melissa Li

Wed, March 11th at 7:30 PM – Post Show Panel Discussion Exploring New Play Creation

Thu, March 12th at 7:30 PM

Fri, March 13th at 7:30 PM – Celebrate Theater Mu with Post Show Bites and Bubbles

Sat, March 14th at 7:30 PM

Sun, March 15th at 2:00 PM

Wed, March 18th at 7:30 PM – Pride Night Talkback with Ring of Keys

Thu, March 19th at 7:30 PM

Fri, March 20th at 7:30 PM – Latino Advisory Council VIP Night (With Post Show Dance Party)

Sat, March 21st at 7:30 PM

Sun, March 22nd at 2:00 PM

Wed, March 25th at 7:30 PM

Thu, March 26th at 7:30 PM – Post Show Discussion with the Asian American Organizing Project and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Fri, March 27th at 7:30 PM

Sat, March 28th at 7:30 PM – ASL Interpreted Performance

Sun, March 29th at 2:00 PM – Closing Matinee

Content Warning:

Please be Advised, INTERSTATE contains:
  • adult language
  • racism, homophobia, and transphobia
  • sexual intimacy
  • religious trauma
  • use of needles

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does “Guarantee Admission” Mean?

Want to make sure you have a seat at your preferred performance?  Guarantee admission with an advance reservation online or call our Box Office at 612-338-6131 M-F 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Q: What is “Radical Hospitality”?

Radical Hospitality revolutionizes access to the arts by removing economic barriers.  Every Mixed Blood performance has 30 seats available for no-cost admission.  Anyone can take advantage of this program on a first-come, first-served basis by lining up at our Box Office two hours before show time.  Learn more about Radical Hospitality.

Q: What is the benefit of a Mixed Blood Membership?

A Mixed Blood Membership gets you a seat (or two, if you have a duo membership) to anything happening at Mixed Blood (with some very rare exceptions). Mainstage performances, Zealous Hellions, rentals, and monthly performances from The Theatre of Public Policy and Blackout Improv.

Q: I’m a member and want to reserve seats. How do I do that without being charged?

Check and make sure that you’re logged in to your account. Once you get to “checkout”, the sum should be zeroed out. Otherwise, email tim@mixedblood.com or call 612-338-0937.

INTERSTATE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Mixed Blood is proud to partner with these amazing groups and organizations.

Asian American Organizing Project

Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) is a non-partisan, not-for profit organization, created by young queer Asian people for young queer Asian people to build self-determination and autonomy through civic engagement, youth empowerment, and gender justice.

Bisexual Organizing Project

BOP (Bisexual Organizing Project) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in Minnesota that serves the Upper Midwest. We are committed to building the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community through regular events and the yearly national BECAUSE conference. BOP is welcoming and inclusive of everyone, including but not limited to people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, ethnicities, abilities, religions, and political affiliations.
BOP also works in partnership with other groups and individuals in the Upper Midwest who are organizing events serving bisexual and other non-monosexual communities.
Their Mission Statement is: Build, serve, and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice.

Hayden Bui

Hayden Bui is a full time student at the U of M, studying Art and Asian American Studies. He is an emerging queer and trans artist that is passionate about organizing and creating art for LGBTQ people of color, primarily trans and queer Asian individuals. Hayden’s work endeavors to build something unlike anything around us, expressed through paintings and sculptures that use color and movement.
IG: @OnlyKeep | bui00088@umn.edu

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) envisions a State where all Minnesotans, regardless of background, are actively engaged and can achieve prosperity. Asian American leaders formed CAAL in 2013 after a series of conversations about the state of the community. It was our assessment that there was not another effort that intentionally brought emerging and experienced leaders from different sectors, age groups, and various ethnic communities together. CAAL was created as a vehicle to organize us towards creating shared agendas that can be collectively advanced, as well as to be a network of support for leaders who want to use their experience, assets, and skills to ensure equity is achieved for all.
To learn more about CAAL, please visit caalmn.org or @CAALmn twitter | @CAALminnesota facebook.

Tori Hong

Tori Hong is an independent illustrator, workshop/small group facilitator, community-driven curator, and public artist. Tori explores the connections between art and ancestors, using bold lines, vibrant colors, and deep trust in her work. Through her art, Tori centers communities of color & LGBTQ communities, particularly queer & trans Asian Americans.

Keefer Court

The story of Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe started long before the doors opened in 1983. It began with a dream to leave China. From Hong Kong, Sunny Kwan went to Vancouver where he began his baking journey at the already established Keefer Bakery. He then brought his family to Chicago to open his own Keefer Court Bakery. With too much competition in the Chicago Chinatown, he decided to move further north. Keefer Court Bakery and Cafe opened in Minneapolis, where they found much success within the Asian community. While the location in Vancouver and Chicago closed down, our beloved Minneapolis shop has been thriving for 36 years. After all of his years of hard work, Sunny is now passing the business on to his daughter, Michelle, to carry on the legacy of Cantonese baking.

On Stage

On Stage, a fiscally sponsored program through Springboard for the Arts, brings actors to college classrooms and community settings around the Twin Cities. Local actors read scenes from a play in current local production followed by a lively discussion of the themes tying in current events, personal values and narratives, and stimulating critical thinking. For more information about On Stage, please visit: onstagemn.org  

OutFront Minnesota

OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.

“We envision a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights. We are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.”

Ring of Keys

Ring of Keys is a National network of queer women, trans, and gender-nonconforming artists working on and offstage in musical theatre. 
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