With delightful fourth-wall breaking, the narrator tells the story of the youth, occasionally talking directly to the audience or commenting on the fact that we're in a play. The hero of our story is a nameless young man, presumably his younger self, in his too comfortable life in L.A. with his mother and the church. It's the late 1970s, and he decides to go to Europe to see who he can be, rebelling against his family and country and society. He lives a life of new friends, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, first in mellow Amsterdam and then in the intense world of Berlin. He loves art above all else, and through it strives for "the real." As he grows up and experiences loss, he learns that there might be more to life than art.*
|the narrator (Malo Adams) presides over the telling|
of his story (Valencia Proctor and Michelle de Joya)
(photo courtesy of Yellow Tree)
Playing the older version of our hero is the fantastic Malo Adams as the narrator, spending most of the show with the band playing the guitar in addition to singing and narrating, and occasionally coming forward to join in the story. Valencia Proctor is also wonderful as the youth, full of passion, curiosity, and a rebellious spirit. The great Jamecia Bennett reprises her role as the mother from the 2014 Mixed Blood production, with ensemble members Maje Adams, Michelle de Joya, Erin Nicole Farsté, and Antonio Rios-Luna playing every other role and providing energetic support, working hard to pump up the suburban Minnesotan weeknight crowd.
|the cast of Passing Strange (photo courtesy of Yellow Tree)|