Mixed Blood Theatre unveils accessible performances season

With the goal of revolutionizing access to theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre announced the launch of Radical Hospitality, which will offer no-cost admission to all main stage productions for all audience members beginning with the upcoming 2011–12 season. Radical Hospitality erases economic as well as physical barriers in pursuit of building a truly inclusive, global audience. Whether a long-time attendee, a new immigrant living in the theatre’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, a person with low income or disabilities, or someone who has never been to a play, he or she will be admitted free of charge to Mixed Blood.

“At Mixed Blood, who sits in the seats and stands in the lobby with you is as important as what is on stage. We have long juggled ‘who’ sees the shows with ‘how many’ see the show. Radical Hospitality allows us to balance this equation. In unprecedented ways, we are walking our talk with this season that showcases our inclusive mission and predictably unpredictable style,” said Mixed Blood artistic director Jack Reuler. “By revolutionizing access, we are challenging the traditional notions of cost, quality and value. Offering shows of the highest professional standards for no cost optimizes value.” The theater is also making physical changes to accommodate patrons with disabilities, making it easier to access the space and to enjoy performances.

Mixed Blood’s season begins Sept. 16 with the shockingly subversive and wickedly hilarious neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The play explores race relations in America. It will be followed by Center of Margins, a festival exploring the complex world of disability through three disparate but complementary plays, on stage Nov. 11-27. The festival includes Cori Thomas’ My Secret Language Of Wishes, with Jevetta Steele and directed by Marion McClinton, which, sparked by an adoption debate over an African American teen with cerebral palsy, delves into the meaning of love without boundaries; Ken LaZebnik’s, On The Spectrum, a world premiere Mixed Blood commission questioning whether autism is a disability or a difference, directed by Reuler; and a third play (title to be announced), featuring deaf actress Alexandria Wailes, showcasing “Shadow Signing.”

All performances are in the Alan Page Auditorium of Mixed Blood’s historic firehouse theatre at 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis. The two ways to see a play are first come, first served admission, for free following set guidelines or a paid guaranteed admission. Season passes are available now with reservations starting in August. FFI: 612-338-6131 or online at www.mixedblood.com