tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (A Filipino) Hulk Hogan

Every Sat. and Sun. from June 18-26
2 p.m.
Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from June 16-26
7:30 p.m.
The allure of wrestling's simplified-yet-amplified view of conflict forms the basis of Filipino-American playwright Victor Maog's tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (A Filipino) Hulk Hogan. Telling the story of a young boy who leaves his home country behind to reunite with his parents in San Francisco, Maog's work reflects upon how something as cartoonish as professional wrestling can offer a fanciful escape from the ceaseless anxieties of navigating a foreign culture. Calling upon his own experiences as a Filipino-American, director Randy Reyes, one of the most charismatic talents in the Twin Cities, will also handle the lead role as tot. (In a further reflection of reality, Reyes' own sibling Stephanie Bertumen plays tot's sister.) Supported by a sterling ensemble, tot marks the 50th world premiere in Mu Performing Arts' prestigious history, continuing the group's longstanding focus on works that represent both the diverse perspectives of the Asian-American experience and universal traits — like deriving satisfaction from a perfectly executed double suplex off the top rope. The show is in preview Thursday, June 16.