Theater Mu's world premiere play The Kung Fu Zombies Saga: Shaman Warrior and Cannibals, a compilation/update of two previous plays by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. It's not only a thrilling zombie apocalypse story with great fight scenes, not only a coming-of-age tale of a couple of young women on opposite sides of the planet, but it also draws on the culture and history of Laos and the Laotian diaspora. It's a wild ride, with fantastical elements and sci-fi mixed with real family drama and an exploration of grief, loss, and identity. At nearly three hours in length, it is a saga (you can't say they didn't warn us), so have a cup of coffee, take a nap, or see a matinee because you'll want to be awake and alert to experience this epic journey. And if you're curious to know more about the creation of the show, either before or after you see it, listen to Episode 8 of the Twin Cities Theater Chat podcast, in which we interview the playwright along with actor Michelle de Joya.
|kung fu fighting - zombies! (photo by Rich Ryan)|
|young shaman warrior Arun (Hannah Nguyen, photo by Rich Ryan)|
|Katie Bradley kicking some zombies (photo by Rich Ryan)|
The Kung Fu Zombies Saga: Shaman Warrior and Cannibals is an epic and ambitious play that covers many genres and themes, closing out Mu's 30th Anniversary season. See it at the Luminary Arts Center in the North Loop through August 13. Parking can be challenging in that area, so I recommend getting there at least a half hour early, or better yet, get there a few hours early and enjoy one of the many local restaurants.