Mixed Blood Theatre Brings Hijab Tube to Kiehle Auditorium at the U of M, Crookston on Tues., April 27, 2010; Performance begins at 7 p.m.

Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, Minn., will bring Hijab Tube to the stage in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Hijab Tube explores the American-Muslim identity as Rubiya, a 20 year-old second-generation, American Muslim college student, tries to figure out what makes her Muslim. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

hijab7.jpgA young Muslim woman takes her questions about wearing a hijab (a traditional covering of Islamic women) to YouTube, drawing an illuminating range of responses from other American Muslims - despite the antics of her younger brother. Mixed Blood's newest program offers a unique perspective on Islam in 21st Century America.

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. Their vision is to be the definitive destination where theater artists and audiences representing the global village can create and share work that spawns a ripple effect of social change and revolutionizes access to theater.

The performance of Hijab Tube is sponsored by Thomas Williams, director of the Office of Diversity and Mulitcultural Services on the Crookston Campus. For more information, contact Williams at 218-218-8580 (will3140@umn.edu).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Thomas Williams, director, diversity and multicultural services, 218-218-8580 (will3140@umn.edu). Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)