A Diverse Group of Theater Artists takes audiences deeper into collaboratively created work and recent American history with a new bilingual Work-in-Progress.
Wilhelm Bros. and Co. brings you Clandestino (secret, illegal, underground), a collaboratively created bilingual play about interpretation, immigration and cultural identity, June 14-23, at the Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S 4th Street, Minneapolis.
A play with music, Clandestino uses the real-life events of the largest immigration raid in U.S. history. In 2008, federal agents raided a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, which resulted in the devastation of the local economy and the arrest of nearly 400 illegal immigrant workers.
The play follows the intertwined lives of an illegal Guatemalan, a Jewish rabbi, a Brazilian court appointed interpreter, a British documentary filmmaker, a Hasidic woman and a local Iowan who taught English to workers in the slaughterhouse. The performance will be underscored with live incidental music that draws on Jewish traditions, Guatemalan folk music, Lutheran hymns, and local-television news theme songs.
Clandestino (secret, illegal, underground) is a collaboratively created theatre piece conceived by director and designer Jeremy Wilhelm, and co-created with writers Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart, composer and multi-instrumentalist David Wilhelm and actors Pedro Bayon, Stephen Cartmell, Terry Hempleman, Thallis Santesteban, Miriam Schwartz and Arusi Santesteban.
The limited run will begin Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 pm, and continue Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm, Monday, June 18 at 7:30pm – Industry Night, Thursday, June 21 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $15 guaranteed advance reservation, or use Radical Hospitality for first come, first served, no-cost admission at the door. www.mixedblood.com/guest-productions
Jeremy Wilhelm directs, designs and performs. He has recently founded Wilhelm Bros. & Co. For Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis, he directed and designed Little Eyes by Cory Hinkle in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie, and 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick by Victoria Stewart, making City Pages’ Top Ten and earning Luverne Seifert an Ivey. He directed and designed Sadgrrl_13 by Cory Hinkle, designed The Sense of What Should Be by Dominic Orlando, and designed Chimera by Deborah Stein and Suli Holum. He designed Copperhead for Bessie award-winning and Bush Fellow choreographer Karen Sherman at the Southern Theatre, winning a Sage Award for design; Beyond the Owing for Genevieve Bennett at the Red Eye Theatre; and My Fair Lady for Ten Thousand Things. In New York, he directed and designed Bronwen Bitetti’s Casting Off for the Ontological/Hysteric’s Incubator series, He co-created and performed Red-Eye to Havre de Grace (2005) and Flamingo/Winnebago (2007) with Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. Flamingo/Winnebago has traveled to festivals in Serbia and Tricklock Company’s Revolutions Festival in Albuquerque. He directs and performs Ofer Ben-Amots’ chamber opera The Dybbuk, which premiered in Montreal and toured to Germany, the Czech Republic, Denver, Colorado Springs and Houston. He directed and designed Quixote for Denver’s Buntport Theatre, which has toured festivals in Edmonton and Philadelphia. In Groningen, Netherlands, he has been commissioned by the Noorderzon Festival to create original and site-specific performances: Ranger Steve Reynolds (2006) and Paolo Parmeggiano (2008). He holds a BA in Drama from Colorado College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa.
Cory Hinkle’s plays include A Disappearance in Two Parts, The Killing of Michael X, Little Eyes, SadGrrl13, Phosphorescence, and Cipher. His work has been produced or developed at The Guthrie, Workhaus Collective, the Southern Theater (with Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp’s Moving Company), Illusion Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and American Repertory Theatre, among others. He is the recipient of two Jerome fellowships, a MAP Fund Grant, a Jerome Travel and Study Grant and a PWC/NET Grant to co-create Brecht’s Brain with Theatre Novi Most. He is a co-creator of Fissures (lost and found), which premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival. He is a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Victoria Stewart’s plays include 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick, (named one of the top ten productions of 2009 by Citypages), Hardball, LIVE GIRLS, Nightwatches and The Last Scene. The Live Girls Theater’s production of Hardball was named one of the best productions of the year by the Seattle Times in 2011. She, along with Cory Hinkle and other members of Workhaus and Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp, is a co-creator of Fissures (lost and found), which premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival. Her adaptation of Mercy Watson to the Rescue premiered at the Children’s Theatre in 2011. Next season, her play Rich Girl will be co-produced at George Street Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse. She has received the Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Jerome Fellowship. She is a producing member of the Workhaus Collective and a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.