We believe in making live theatre accessible for everyone.
37 is a prime number, and in its 37th season, Mixed Blood Theatre is also in its prime! The 2012-2013 season promises to be full of exciting, provocative and accessible theatre.
Revolutionizing access to live theatre is a core part of Mixed Blood’s vision.
In pursuit of that goal, the company launched Radical Hospitality in September 2011, providing no-cost access to all mainstage productions for any audience member beginning with the 2011–12 season. An expansion of Mixed Blood’s egalitarian mission, Radical Hospitality erases economic barriers in pursuit of building a truly inclusive, global audience. Whether a patron is a long-time Mixed Blood attendee, a new immigrant living in Mixed Blood’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, a person with low income or disabilities, a college student, or someone who has never been to theatre, he or she is welcomed, free of charge—with radical hospitality.
Mixed Blood Theatre is dedicated to inviting the global village into its audience and onto its stages. This season, the mainstage and touring programs emphasize community engagement as never before. From the East African populations residing adjacent to Mixed Blood’s historic Minneapolis firehouse to those who are culturally isolated or living in poverty across Greater Minnesota to audiences unfamiliar with theater, Mixed Blood is devoting unprecedented resources and energy to connecting with the disconnected.
In the 2011-2012 season, Mixed Blood made strides toward an audience that more closely resembles the world beyond the Firehouse doors. Of the people this season who used Radical Hospitality, 33% of them had annual household incomes of $25,000 or less. 47% of them were 30 or younger. 30% self-identified as biracial or as people of color.
170 people surveyed reported that their attendance at a Mixed Blood show this season marked their first ever experience with live theatre.
Radical Hospitality is about more than free tickets. Our Free Speech program invites our audiences to engage with us in meaningful exchange through informal post-show conversations, panel discussions, Tweet seats and live-tweeting, Facebook journalism, and Tumblr & blog posts. Our expanded regional touring program will reach 50,000 students and community residents in 68 Minnesota counties and six Midwestern states. On the Job will focus on eliminating cultural disparities in health care and bias in the legal profession, helping ensure justice for those who have been marginalized by what—not who—they are.
Mixed Blood is committed to being a theatre destination for persons with disabilities. At Mixed Blood every performance has projected supertitles for the hearing impaired as well as ASL described performances and assisted listening devices. Audio described performances, large-print programs, and soon, Braille signage serve the visually impaired. The theatre’s website received the highest rating from the State of Minnesota for accessibility. An accessible box office and soon-to-be-installed water fountain anchor the lobby as does adjacent parking, power doors, good ramps, and flat thresholds into the theatre. Mixed Blood doesn’t aspire to be just ADA compliant, but the most welcoming and inviting theatre experience in the region and, eventually, nation. In addition, Mixed Blood utilizes social networking tools by live-tweeting discourse and information during each audience talkback and panel discussion; our guests who are unable to attend performances due to physical, mental, social or emotional barriers are able to take part in the conversation remotely. With re-granted funds from VSA, Mixed Blood established a Transportation Fund in which anyone self-identifying as a person with a disability could get free taxi service to and from the theatre--and made arrangements with Red and White Taxi to provide that specialized transportation.
Please "pay it forward" with the revolutionary gift of live theatre for someone who might not otherwise be able to attend. As you know, the experience could be life-changing.
JOIN THE REVOLUTION!