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Mixed Blood Theatre’s ‘Minnecanos’ visits Alexandria

Mixed Blood Theatre will bring Minnecanos, its Chicano touring production, to Alexandria on Monday, October 21 for a performance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Room 743B (auditorium) of the Office and Information Technology Building.

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The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Inclusion Network.

Brimming with corridos (story-songs), optimism and humor, this is a celebration of the accomplishments, character and aspirations of Latinos in Minnesota and across the country.

Some milestones highlighted in this 45-minute performance include El Rencanche – the train shuttle that brought laborers from the Southwest to Minnesota’s sugar beet fields – the mass deportations of the Great Depression, and the Cesar Chavez-led farm workers movement.

Minnecanos spans four generations and the entire 20th Century in its illumination of Mexican American history.

It begins at the Minneapolis home that Diego Morales has owned for more than 40 years. Encouraged by the bemused ghost of his loving wife, the old man uses the contents of an ancient trunk to ignite his great-grandson’s interest in their rich cultural heritage.

Minnecanos was written for Mixed Blood by Thomas Benitez and Joe Minjares, who was a restaurateur before turning his talents to theater.

The cast includes returning veterans Pedro Bayón as Diego and Ricardo Vazquez as his great-grandson Jimmy. They are joined by Maggie Bofill from Mixed Blood’s In the Time of the Butterflies as both Diego’s granddaughter and the ghost of his wife. The show is directed by Raúl Ramos.

For more information, contact or (320) 762-4466.