IS GOD IS

By Aleshea Harris, directed by Nataki Garrett
September 21 – October 14, 2018
All performances at 7:30 p.m., except Sundays at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 2018 Obie Award for playwright, director, and lead actors, IS GOD IS is an epic woman’s revenge play that takes its cues from the Spaghetti Western, hip hop, Afropunk, the ancient, modern, and the tragic.

African American twin sisters journey from the Dirty South to California in blood-soaked travels. It’s both a satire and an earnest exploration of what it means to claim justice and survive violence. Funny, triumphant, and surprising, Is God Is asks us to consider the roots, futility, and consequences of cyclical violence.

Mixed Blood’s production features Obie and Ivey Award winning actress, Dame-Jasmine Hughes.

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Thanks to Indeed Brewing Company for sponsoring Is God Is

MEET DAME-JASMINE

Dame-Jasmine Hughes

The Star Tribune’s Chris Hewitt says, “She’s Dame-Jasmine Hughes, who will return to the stage where she performed in “Pussy Valley” and “An Octoroon,” in “Is God Is.” Aleshea Harris’ outrageous satire about two sisters and the cycle of violence. Hughes appeared in the play at Soho Rep earlier this year and, last month, she and co-star Alfie Fuller won Obie Awards for their performances.” And speaking of “Pussy Valley,” Dame-Jasmine had this to say about that role, taken from Rohan Preston’s 2016 article in the Strib:

Out of the blue came a call from her grad-school mentor. There might be a part in a new Katori Hall play. Was she interested in auditioning? “Pussy Valley,” which orbited the lives of workers in a strip club, was at odds with Hughes’ religious upbringing. None of her family came to see it. No matter. “That call saved my soul, if not my life,” she said. “I had to sneak around to do it, taking pole dancing lessons a hundred miles away from home. I stepped out on faith, and it’s one of the best things I ever did.”

MEET NATAKI

Nataki Garrett
Director

We are stoked to have Nataki joining us again this fall to direct Is God Is. You’ll remember Nataki’s work from An Octoroon and Pussy Valley. Nataki has created at CalArts, Steppenwolf Theater, Ford’s Theater, Wooly Mammoth, among more than a dozen other venues, and is the Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Blank The Dog Productions.

Most recently, Nataki was the Associate Artistic Director of Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theater Company (DCPA).  Garrett served as the Acting Artistic Director during their 18-month leadership transition. At the DCPA, Garrett produced the world premieres of Lauren Gunderson’s Book of WillTwo Degrees by Tira Palmquist, Mathew Lopez’s Zoe’s Perfect Wedding, Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, and American Mariachi by Jose Cruz-Gonzalez. Her stellar 17/18 season Main Stage, Off-Center and Colorado New Play Summit programming, was one of the most successful in the 40-year history of the Denver Center Theater Company.

MEET KORY

Kory LaQuess Pullam

Well, an introduction probably isn’t necessary. Called “the rising prince of Twin Cities theater” by the Star Tribune, Kory LaQuess Pullam joins Mixed Blood this fall in Is God Is.

Kory is the founder of Underdog Theatre and Blackout Improv, both of which call Mixed Blood home in varying ways. You can catch Blackout at Mixed Blood each month, and Underdog will be here next May.

Kory has performed at Children’s Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square, The Guthrie and more. He writes (you may remember “Odd Man Out” in the Fringe last year). Growing up in Texas, Kory came this way in 2013 and we are major, major fans of all that he does.

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