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Mixed Blood Theatre performing 'According to Coyote' at NYMRCC

A wildly entertaining collection of American Indian legends and stories filled with music, dance, and magic will be performed by Mixed Blood Theatre at the New York Mills Cultural Center on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The play by John Kauffman is entertaining for audiences of all ages.

Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre's full-throttled anthology of tales featuring the legendary hero of American Indian lore, According To Coyote is also an unforgettable encounter with the richness, vitality, and sensibilities of Native culture. Playwright John Kauffman gloriously employs age-old techniques of music, dance, magic and narrative to bring to life this brave/foolish/sneaky/wise character in all his guises: Coyote the Creator, the namer of animals and bringer of fire; Coyote the Trickster, conniving for an advantage that usually backfires on him; and Coyote the Teacher, from whom lessons of humility, wisdom and humanity are learned.

George Keller, the engaging actress featured in "According To Coyote," performed in the Children's Theatre Company production of the show in Minneapolis two years ago; her other credits there include "The Lion,The Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Average Family." She was featured in Mixed Blood's mainstage productions of Red Ink and Messy Utopia and has worked at the Guthrie and Penumbra Theatres.

Keller is directed by Victor Toman, a San Francisco-based actor and director who has appeared at Mixed Blood in "Maria! Maria! Maria!" and "GunPlay." He toured in According To Coyote for Mixed Blood for many years under the direction of Ric Oquita, who learned it from playwright Kauffman. Thus the line directly back to the creator of the show remains strong and intact.