Mu Performing Arts continues its 2011-2012 season with the new play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat and directed by Randy Reyes. The show runs March 16 – April 1 at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Three kids — Kenny (Alex Galick), his sister Edith (Isabella Dawis), and their friend Benji (Matthew Cerar) — are all but abandoned on a farm in remote Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s relationship with Benji becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.
Upon reading Edith, director Randy Reyes found a personal connection to the world of the play.
“My mother worked two jobs to support us, so my sisters and I spent hours and hours every week fending for ourselves. Kenny and Edith have to take care of each other in the same way, the difference being that my sisters and I knew that our mother was coming home. Kenny and Edith have no idea when their father will make an appearance. This lack of adult supervision creates a bond among siblings unlike any other.”
Special programs and events for Edith include:
• A community forum entitled Before ‘It Gets Better’: Supporting LGBTQI Youth will be held at Augsburg College on Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 pm. Reserve your free ticket for the forum and for more details.
• Lavender Magazine’s “Night at the Theater”- March 22 at 7:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided beginning at 6:30 pm in the Mixed Blood Theatre lobby.
• Post-show discussions will be held after the 2:00 pm performances on Sunday afternoons March 18 and 25.
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is part of a rolling world premiere produced in collaboration with National New Play Network and Shades of Yellow.
Tickets are $25 (adults) and $10 (students) and can be purchased by calling the Mixed Blood Theatre box office at 612-338-6131 or by visiting www.muperformingarts.org. o