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Mixed Blood's 'Autonomy' at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Rich Ryan

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Autonomy

Daily from May 9-12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Daily from May 11-12
2:10-3:30 p.m.
$38
Theater

The latest production from Mixed Blood Theatre, Autonomy, sets a new standard for audacity. Eschewing the traditional staging model, this new work from playwright Ken LaZebnik places participants into small groups, gives them earbuds, and ushers them onto the floor of the Saint Paul RiverCentre for a 90-minute expedition to the year 2022. The story: Amid revolutionary social changes wrought by self-driving cars, a teenage “technonerd” is on the run from nefarious corporate forces bent on establishing a new world order. Fueling dramatic tension with heart-racing action, this multimedia presentation imaginatively blends live performance, video projection, choreographed lighting, and original music. The most fascinating feature, however, will undoubtedly be the collection of some 54 vehicles, each exemplifying an evolution in automotive design and performance. Audiences will encounter classic Corvettes, stylish BMWs, a misbegotten DeLorean, a rare Amphicar, and iconic vehicles like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and a Batmobile. Raising urgent questions of environmental responsibility and individual liberty, director Jack Reuler brings Autonomy revving to life with a 19-member ensemble consisting of such Mixed Blood alumni as Ansa Akyea, Harry Waters Jr., Malachi Caballero, Raul Ramos, Taj Ruler, Randy Reyes, and Michael Laskin. Shows depart every 30 minutes; visit www.mixedblood.com to reserve a spot.