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Continued: Rick Shiomi's 'Yellow Fever' is 'bookend' for career at Mu Performing Arts

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 8, 2013 - 12:32 PM

“The urgency is not the same from when I wrote it, because the Canadian and American governments have since apologized for the camps,” Shiomi said. “But the play still feels honest and authentic.”

Shiomi frequently uses “we” when he talks about the future of Mu. “We’re looking for something that might include a theater,” he says when asked if he foresees the itinerant company moving into its own performance space. But that doesn’t mean he is considering a Brett Favre moment — to reverse his decision to retire.

“Not yet,” he said. “That might be coming as I get closer to the emotional impact that this change is going to bring.”

To keep that emotion from overwhelming him, he keeps himself focused on future projects.

“I’m very busy planning my life for after Sept. 1,” he said. “There are things I want to do, and I see a lot of excitement ahead.”


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    What: Written by and directed by R.A. Shiomi for Mu Performing Arts. • When: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Wed.-Thu.; 1 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends March 24. • Where: Guthrie Studio, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. • Tickets: $18-$34. 612-377-2224 or

    Rick Shiomi picks his six favorite Mu shows:

    “Flower Drum Song.” We did a wonderfully personal version of David Henry Hwang’s revision.

    “Ching Chong Chinaman.” A world premiere of a breakthrough play for Lauren Yee. Directed by Jen Weir.

    “Cowboy Versus Samurai.” Helped develop and produce a new play by Michael Golamco. Directed by Randy Reyes.

    “Into The Woods.”A fun placement in Asia.

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Fun placement in Asia)

    “Little Shop of Horrors.” A wonderful steam punk directorial interpretation by Jen Weir.

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