It’s unlikely this has happened before: an all-Native American cast, in a play writen by Native Americans (seven, to be exact, representing nine different bands). And for non-natives, the world premiere of RED INK at Mixed Blood Theatre stands to be a full immersion in a culture that remains unfamiliar, especially in its modern context. “A play within a pow-wow,” it’s described by its writers, with music, dance, storytelling, and Indian humor woven around a story exploring the hot topics of gaming, sports mascots, sovereignty, etc.
The show opens Wednesday, April 22, as a fundraiser for The Circle newspaper–the voice of the Minnesota native community for 28 years now–featuring a silent auction before the 7:30 p.m. performance, with the paper’s esteemed board and friends on hand (a who’s who of progressive writers in the area, including Louise and Heid Erdrich, Eric Utne, et al). For tickets, you need to visit The Circle’s website (not Mixed Blood’s).