Mixed Blood Theatre Touring Performances
Mixed Blood Theatre performed plays on various topics of interest at 10 of our branch libraries. The topics ranged from the life of historical figure Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the life of a young Muslim woman.
Events at Royalton (25)attendees, Cokato (21) attendees, Swanville (125+) attendees, Paynesville (127) attendees, Cold Spring (50+) attendees, and Annandale (135+) were all quite well attended.
Melrose's event had a couple attendees due to a conflicting school event that night; Royalton had a respectable turnout (15+). The St. Cloud performance of "Hijab Tube" had 45+ attendees, and Upsala and Belgrade's events each had 12.
Event Dates and Locations:
Jan. 11 - 7:00 pm - DR. KING'S DREAM in Melrose;
Jan. 16 - 11:00 am - DR. KING'S DREAM in Royalton;
Jan. 26 - 7:00 pm - DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA in Cokato;
Jan. 29 - 2:00 pm – DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA in Swanville;
Feb. 5 - 7:00 pm - DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA in Paynesville;
Feb. 11 - 6:30 pm - DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA in Cold Spring;
Feb. 21 - 1:00 pm - DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA in Annandale.
April 30 - 7:00 pm - HIJAB TUBE in Belgrade;
April 24 - 1:00 pm – HIJAB TUBE in St. Cloud;
May 2 - 2:00 pm - HIJAB TUBE in Upsala.
Partner Organization(s): Mixed Blood Theatre - Mixed Blood provided the actors who will perform each of the plays/props/sets/stage crew, etc.
The goal was for attendees to learn about cultural experiences/differences/similarities. Attendees were given an option survey asking what they learned from the performances.
"I learned more about the reality of the diversity of Muslims and how they choose to live out their culture/faith.""Well-acted, thoughtful, creative, fun. Great performance and really interesting.""I learned so much about Islam and the actors were absolutely wonderful.""[Would attend another program like this], particularly if you present programs of this high quality.""Excellent learning experience while being entertaining.""It touched on some of the many misconceptions of Islam.""Wonderful talent!""Learned the history of black women.""Outstanding.""Thank you, library!""It was wonderful.""Excellent presentation.""Enjoyed it immensely.""Wonderful history lesson.""Great variety, creativity and historical perspective.""Get us to more things like this, we need a bus from the 'boonies'!""They were wonderful! Can't say enough.""She was awesome.""Learned about some lesser-known but important African-American women in history.""The entire program was fantastic!""The range of talent was wonderful.""[I have] so much more empathy for the black experience.""Excellent. Moving, informative, inspiring. Thank you."