2022-23 Season • A Season of Possibility



A DIFFERENT POND

ALL AGES | JAYCEES STUDIO | September 30-October 23, 2022

Based on the book by Bao Phi | Play written by Jessica Luu Pelletier



A powerful story of a Vietnamese
family carving out a new life in Minnesota.

On the pre-dawn shores of a Minneapolis lake a young boy and his dad fish for food, unfurling a tale about immigration, straddling cultures old and new, and a family facing daily struggles together. An unforgettable story based on the Caldecott winning memoir by celebrated, local poet, Bao Phi.


In collaboration with Theater Mu


RUN DATES: Sept 30-Oct 23, 2022
LOCATION: Jaycees Studio Theatre
APPROPRIATE AGES: All Ages
DURATION: Aprx 60 Minutes



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PERFORMANCE CALENDAR



September 30-October 23, 2022






A Different Pond by Bao Phi is produced with the permission of the publisher, Capstone



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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): SUN, 10/2/2022 4PM

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) : SAT, 10/15/2022 10AM




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ABOUT THEATER MU



Theater Mu is the second largest Asian American theater company in the nation. Founded in 1992, Mu’s continuing goal to celebrate and empower the Asian American community through theater is achieved through mainstage productions, emerging artist support, and educational outreach programs. Theater Mu is a member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists, as well as a member of the Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition, proudly standing alongside New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo.


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A DIFFERENT POND

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A powerful story of a Vietnamese
family carving out a new life in Minnesota.

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CREATIVE TEAM BIOS



BAO PHIBAO PHI (AUTHOR) - A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. A short story of his, Revolution Shuffle, appeared in the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Stories from Social Justice Movements, AK Press, 2015, and an essay of his was included in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin, Minnesota Historical Society Press. He has two collections of poems, both published by Coffeehouse Press, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, the latter of which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award, named by NPR as one of the best books of 2017, and was chosen as 2017’s best poetry book of the year by San Francisco State’s Poetry Center. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, received six starred reviews and won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for best picture book, the Minnesota Book Award for picture books, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for excellence in children’s book writing. It made several best books of the year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Shelf Awareness. His second children’s book, My Footprints, was release by Capstone in 2019.





JESSICA LUU PELLETIERJESSICA LUU PELLETIER (PLAYWRIGHT) - Jessica Luu Pelletier (she/her) is a biracial Queer Vietnamese-American writer, performer, and theatre-maker, currently based in New York. Her work reflects a multi-cultural viewpoint, utilizing the stage as a means to explore liberation for the Other combined with the spectacle of heightened reality. In this practice, she seeks to take care of her communities while generating both joy and healing, embracing nuance in the complexity of lived experiences.