American Muslims focus of production at St. Cloud State

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Mixed Blood Theater, a multi-racial theater company promoting cultural pluralism, individual equality and artistic excellence, presents "Hijab Tube," a play about American Muslims. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre, St. Cloud State University.  It is free and open to the public.

Written by Seema Sueko, "Hijab Tube" offers an entertaining, eye-opening look at Islamic culture in 21st century America.  The play chronicles the experiences of 20-year-old Rubiya, a second-generation American Muslim.

Prompted by a class discussion, Rubiya considers wearing the hijab, the traditional head covering worn by many Muslim women. Rubiya then takes her questions regarding to the garment to YouTube, where the information she receives offers illuminating perspectives on the diverse nature of Islam in contemporary America. 

The production, directed by former Cricket Theatre artistic director Bill Partlan, is sponsored by St. Cloud State’s Multicultural Student Services, Women's Studies, the Women's Center, the Somali Student Association and Target.

"Hijab Tube" is one of seven programs toured nationally by Mixed Blood, including biographies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and Challenger space shuttle astronaut Ronald McNair; "Daughters of Africa," a music-fueled history of

African-American women; "The Deaf Duckling," a deaf culture play that integrates American Sign Language into the performance; and "Minnecanos," a cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Minnesota.

For questions, contact Julie Cartwright at

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