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Continued: Hindu gods, human stories at Mixed Blood Theatre

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 30, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Each play in the trilogy has its own director — Jeremy Cohen for “Brahman/i,” Bruce Young for “Kalki” and Risa Brainin for “Shiv” — with individual aesthetics and style.

The productions have a shared acting company, which means extremely long rehearsal days and complicated logistics. If Kapil, who has three children, went to all three rehearsals, she would be at the theater from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For the production, Mixed Blood’s playhouse has been transformed. All the risers have been removed and the space has been turned into a cabaret, complete with table service.

“It’s a big, big production,” said Reuler. “We think it’s going to be the biggest deal of the season, and we do everything to make it so.”

If all art is autobiographical, then Kapil has great, international material to draw on. A year after she was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, her Indian father and Bulgarian mother moved the family to Sweden, where she grew up and became fluent in five languages.

Some of those tongues are fading away from her. Her German and French are not as sharp as they used to be, she said, but others are deeply ingrained.

“Dreams about my childhood are in Bulgarian, things that have to do with an office come in Swedish, and I write in English,” she said.

Kapil came to the United States to attend Macalester College, intending to become a journalist. Then she took a theater class as a “throwaway,” she said, “but it drew me straight in.”

Writing about her heritage now, she said, allows her to translate ideas and materials that she still wrestles with, including ones about the father she describes as “a fairly frustrated modernist poet.”

“He wrote in Punjabi and told me stories with modernist twists,” she said. “I got Indian culture for sure, but it was the bizarre version of it.”

She tells her own stories’ slant.

“With my own plays, I take certain aesthetic and metaphoric leaps,” she said. “I want to show some of the global and cosmic absurdity of how our world works.”


Rohan Preston • 612-673-4390

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    Who: By Aditi Brennan Kapil. Directed by Jeremy Cohen (“Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show”), Bruce A. Young (“The Chronicles of Kalki”) and Risa Brainin (“Shiv”).

    When: “Kalki” previews 7:30 p.m. Wed., “Shiv” 7:30 p.m. Thu. and “Brahman/i” 7:30 p.m. Fri. All three shows open Sat. beginning at 6 p.m. Ends Oct. 27.

    Where: Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls.

    Tickets: Free rush line. $20 guaranteed admission. 612-338-6131 or

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