Mu Performing Arts returns to the Guthrie Theatre for the fourth time with its award-winning production “Yellow Fever” from March 9-24 in the Dowling Studio, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Written and Directed by Rick Shiomi, “Yellow Fever” is a comic mystery which follows the hard-boiled detective Sam Shikaze through the shady streets of 1970s Vancouver. On a case to solve the disappearance of the mysterious Cherry Blossom Queen, Shikaze becomes entangled in a web of political deception and racism that rouses memories of the Japanese-Canadian internment camps and leads to an unexpected romance.
“Yellow Fever” was an Off-Broadway hit and a New York Times Critic’s Choice, and launched Rick Shiomi’s theatrical career.
The cast includes Mu regulars Kurt Kwan as Sam Shikaze, Sara Ochs as Nancy Wing, Eric Sharp as Sergeant Mackenzie, Wade Vaughn as Brandon Ewald, Goldberg, and Superintendent Jameson, Jeannie Lander as Rosie O’Hara, Alex Galick as Chuck Chan and Captain Kadota, and Brandon Ewald.
The production staff included Rick Shiomi, director; Martha Johnson, assistant director; Lisa Smith, stage manager; Josephy Stanley, scenic designer; Karin Olson, lighting designer; Forest Godfrey, sound designer; Kathy Kohl, costume designer; Mina Kinukawa, props designer; and Brandon Ewald, fight choreographer.
Recommended for ages 12 and up, “Yellow Fever” performances begin March 8 at 7:30 p.m. ($18) with preview shows on March 9 at 1 p.m. ($18), and 7:30 p.m. ($34); the official opening March 10 at 1 p.m. ($26) with a Post-Show Discussion; and regular runs starting March 10 at 7 p.m. ($22), March 13 at 7:30 p.m. ($22), March 14 at 7:30 p.m. ($26), March 15 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), March 16 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), March 17 at 1 p.m. ($26) with a Post-Show Discussion; March 20 at 7:30 p.m. ($22), March 21 at 7:30 p.m. ($26), March 22 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), March 23 at 7:30 p.m. ($30), and an ASL/AD performance on March 24 at 1 p.m. ($26).
A panel discussion on “The Future of the Asian American Theater” will be held on Saturday, March 9 in Dowling Studio Theater at 4:30 p.m. ($2.00 reservations required). Among the topics will be Mu Performing Arts’ 20-year history and how it has become a major player on the national Asian American theater scene and the company’s plans for the future.
The Moderator will be MPR’s Marianne Combs, with Panelists: Rick Shiomi, Mu Performing Arts Co-Founder and Artistic Director; Dr. Josephine Lee, Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota; and Randy Reyes, Mu Performing Arts, In-coming Artistic Director.
There will be a Dinner Break from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Guthrie Theater dining options, and the 7:30 Opening Night Performance of Yellow Fever to follow.
Contact the Guthrie Theater Box Office at 612-377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org. Contact Mu Performing Arts at 651-789-1012 and visit www.muperformingarts.org.