This week the hounds have their eyes on two one-person shows from the adult Korean adoptee perspective, a festival of ten minute theater pieces, and a cadre of refugee musicians from Sierra Leone who’ve become one of the most joyous live acts around.
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St. Paul composer Mike Croswell will be camped out at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis this Tuesday, June 5th, waiting to get a dose of joy and hope. Mike says Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, which mixes reggae, West African traditional music and pop, and rhythm and blues, formed in a refugee camp in Guinea in the late ’90s. He says the band is a testament to music’s ability to transcend human suffering.
Having been a performer in Bedlam Theatre’s annual Ten Minute Play Festival last year, Minneapolis multi-media performance artist Kelley A. Meister would now like to celebrate it as a fan. Kelley says the festival, which runs through Sunday, June 3 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, promises a wide-ranging, eclectic performance showcase on stage, with 12 ten minute blasts of theater each night.
Twin Cities theater educator and actor Stephanie Lein Walseth predicts “The Origin(s) Project” will provide a fuller picture of the Korean adoptee experience in Minnesota. It matches the talents of two Korean adult adoptee artists, Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo, in two one-person shows about their search for family and identity as adults. On stage at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul through June 9.
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