Now in its 40th year, Mixed Blood Theater has a lot to celebrate. Tucked away in a former firehouse in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, since 1976 the organization has produced original works, nurtured up-and-coming artists, and offered free theater for all through its Radical Hospitality program.
They won't however, be celebrating their enduring success at their annual benefit, which was scheduled to take place at Paisley Park. Last Friday, it was announced that the event had been canceled.
The announcement was made via a statement from managing director Amanda White Theitje, who posted a note about the news on Mixed Blood's website:
We received news today, May 6, 2016, at 5pm that Bremer Trust, the court-appointed representative of Prince's estate, has decided to enforce a ban on all public events in Paisley Park for the time being, even those events already scheduled and under contract...Weeks ago when the news of Prince's passing broke, the theater grew concerned about the fate of their planned event as his home. Originally, Paisley Park staff assured the organization that the party would go on as planned. Executors of the estate, however, had different ideas.
This news has shocked and dismayed Mixed Blood's staff and Board, and I have no doubt that it is also very upsetting to you. With eight days remaining before the event, there is so little time to cancel or change flights, return the outfit you bought or rented, and manage the disappointment of not experiencing that space on that evening, celebrating Mixed Blood's first forty years and dancing to Prince's music. You should know that Prince's staff, the Paisley Park team, had nothing to do with this decision. They have been gracious, generous, and supportive through the entire planning process, insisting at every turn that we are welcome there. We aren't surprised that Prince surrounded himself with these good people, and we are proud now to call them friends.
The theater will be issuing refunds.