Mixed Blood Theatre has announced its 35th season, a slate of four shows including works by Thomas W. Jones II, an Isabel Allende adaptation, and a new work by Aditi Brennan Kapil. All look intriguing, but the big surprise is the fourth show rounding out the slate: an intimate adaptation by director Jack Reuler of the massive Broadway hit musical Avenue Q.
|Mixed Blood Theatre's 35th season: an Isabel Allende adaptation, a world premiere and . . . "Avenue Q" |
Here's the rundown on Mixed Blood's 2010-11 season:
--Characters from A Raisin in the Sun are updated into a comedy taking place in 2010, in which the now-middle-class Youngs are the sole African-American family remaining in a gentrified neighborhood.
--This bilingual show, performed in Spanish and English, adapts Isabel Allende's novel about three generations of a family in Latin America.
--In this world premiere, the lives of immigrants intersect in an American city in an adventure that explores and redefines the meaning of being American.
by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Mar. 25-May 1, 2011)
--Jack Reuler will direct this musical about a recent college grad and the characters he meets in an adult-themed take-off of Sesame Street. A big hit on Broadway and in touring productions, it will be re-imagined in Mixed Blood's intimate space.
So . . . an interesting season. And, no, I did not ever expect to be passing along the news that Mixed Blood was going to produce Avenue Q. On the surface, though, it's a canny choice, and one that can fit into Mixed Blood's multi-cultural mission. It's also easy to hear Reuler's laugh out there somewhere, knowing that he's thrown us one hell of a nice curveball.