ST. PAUL (Aug. 26, 2014) — Mu Performing Arts announces its casting and production team for the world premiere of “Middle Brother” by Eric Sharp (FOB Tour, Yellow Fever, Into the Woods).
This is the 46th World Premiere produced by Mu Performing Arts. Middle Brother will be performed from September 12–28, 2014, at The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454.
This play marks the beginning of Mu’s 23rd season and its 46th world premiere. Mu expands its body of work exploring the Korean adoptee experience with Middle Brother (September 12–28, 2014), a new play written by and starring longtime Mu performer Eric Sharp.
Artistic Director Randy Reyes recently discussed Mu’s commitment to telling untold stories about the lives of Asian Americans.
“We are very excited to kick off our 23rd season with Middle Brother by Eric Sharp,” said Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes. “This new play, our 46th Asian American world premiere, joins our growing body of work exploring adoption narratives, including Mask Dance, The Walleye Kid: The Musical, and Four Destinies. It is the first play for us to explore Korean adoptee experiences from a male perspective. The more I learn about the various issues and perspectives around adoption, the more stories I want to tell.”
The story is set in Seoul, South Korea: Only days away from moving back to the Midwest, Billy, a Korean adoptee, is unexpectedly reunited with his Korean birth brother and must somehow reconcile his modern American life with his newfound Korean past. This imaginative physical theatre piece employs a quirky sense of humor, thrilling movement choreography, and live Korean karaoke to invite audiences into the mind of one adult adoptee on the journey of a lifetime.
The cast includes Su-Yoon Ko, Sara Ochs, Audrey Park, Sherwin Resurreccion, Eric Sharp, and Michael Sung-Ho.
Robert Rosen (former co-Artistic Director, Theatre de la Jeune Lune) directs this newest product of the Mu Performing Arts/Jerome New Performance Program with his signature physical theatre style.
“When Eric first told me about his idea for the play, it transported me to a world about which I am very familiar, but still have much to learn,” Rosen said. “We sat down in a café and he described our hero Billy’s trip to Korea, his decision to look for his birth family and the events that follow. The story unfolded like a Korean melodrama. I am honored to help a new dramatist tell a timely and compelling story.”
Eric Sharp (Playwright) is a Twin Cities based actor, writer, and teaching artist. His playwriting debut, Middle Brother received a reading at New York’s Leviathan Lab, and was named as a finalist for the 2013 National New Play Network Showcase.
As an actor, Mu audiences will remember Eric from recent productions such as FOB Tour, Yellow Fever, Into the Woods, and Ching Chong Chinaman. He has also been seen onstage at the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Walking Shadow Theatre Co., and TigerLion Arts’ Minneapolis and NYC productions of The Buddha Prince.
Rosen is a director, performer, and educator based in Minneapolis. He received his training at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.
In 1979 he assisted in founding Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he served as co-Artistic Director from 1985 through 2005. Bob has conceived and directed many original theatrical offerings including several works for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is an affiliate faculty member in the theatre departments of the University of Minnesota and Macalester College and was a 2010-11 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow.
Bob currently co-directs Studio 206 and is also co-founder of The Gymnasium, a consortium of creative risk-takers who are using the arts as a nexus for connections with science, industry, business and innovation.
The production team includes Lisa M. Smith (Stage Manager), Karin Olson (Lighting Designer), John Bueche (Set and Props Designer), 2013 IVEY award-winner Michael Croswell (Sound Designer), and Stacey Palmer (Costume Designer).
A preview performance will be held Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 General Admission.
Tickets are $22 General Admission for regular performances will be held Friday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 PM (with Post-show discussion), Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM (American Sign Language interpreted and Audio Described performance and Post-show discussion), Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Contact Mu Performing Arts at 651-789-1012 at muperformingarts.org.