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Nov. 29 – 30: Randy Reyes to Host Mu’s A Very Asian Xmas for the Fifth Year

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Mu Performing Arts’ Artistic Director Reyes directs and stars as Jasmine, the lovelorn hostess of Mu’s annual holiday cabaret,  A Very Asian Xmas for the fifth year at The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Performances are Saturday, November 29th at 7 P.M. and Sunday, November 30th at 2 P.M. Tickets are $30 and and can be purchased online at www.muperformingarts.org or by calling the Mu Box Office at 651-789-1012

This year’s program will include familiar holiday tunes and Mu classics by the company’s talented musical theater and Mu Daiko performers. The concert also features Jasmine’s Medley, a risqué sampling of familiar holiday classics.

“This being her 5th year of hosting our holiday cabaret, Jasmine desperately wants this show to be the best ever!  And she’ll do anything to make it happened.  She hasn’t told me much, but I know that she’s going to have a new hair-do and she’ll be wearing something inspired by the Summer of Love, 1969.  Other than that, she guarantees awesome music, food, discoveries, and tons of holiday merriment!”

– Randy Reyes (Director)

A Very Asian Xmas features food and drinks included in the price of admission. In addition to Reyes, the cast includes Stephanie Bertumen, Francesca Dawis, Isabella Dawis (who also music directs), Alex Galick, Sheena Janson, Heather Jeche, Alice McGlave, Chiaki O’Brien, Sara Ochs, Emma Valentine and Cathie VanDanacker.

Production team: Isabella Dawis (Music Director), Lisa M. Smith (Stage Manager), Karin Olson (Lighting Designer), and Forest Godfrey (Sound Designer).

Randy Reyes (Director) graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999 and has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator in theaters and educational institutions including The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College.  He is a board member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and the Minnesota Theater Alliance.  Randy also represents Mu as a member of the newly formed Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition (TCTCC) along with Penumbra, New Native, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. Acting credits include A Little Night Music, Yellowface, Little Shop of Horrors, The Romance of Magno Rubio, at Mu Performing Arts,  M. Butterfly, The Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both “Dromios” in Comedy of Errors at the Guthrie, Pacific Overtures at the Alliance/Cincinnati Playhouse/North Shore Theater, and Tibet Through the Red Box by David Henry Hwang at Seattle’s Children’s Theater.  Randy’s directing credits include FOB (the Chinese Restaurant Tour), Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, Asiamnesia, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, WTF, Cowboy Versus Samurai, and Circle Around the Island at Mu Performing Arts, A Streetcar Named Desire at Ten Thousand Things, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Summer and Smoke at Theatre in the Round, and God Save Gertrude at the Workhaus Collective.  Randy was a recipient of a two-year Theater Communications Group New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts in 2006.  Administrative positions include being the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie, Associate Artistic Director, Outreach Coordinator, and Community Liaison at Mu Performing Arts, and the Artistic Director of The Strange Capers.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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