Mixed Magic Theatre develops performing arts projects that forward its mission to "present a diversity of ideas and images on stage and use the theatre, and its related art forms as a way to build stronger, more literate, and arts-active communities" We "first think diverse" in our efforts to be inclusive.
Since the company's founding in 2000, Mixed Magic Theatre has developed and presented a wide variety of work including orginal adapatations of classic literature such as Moby Dick, Don Quixote and Frankenstein, to dramtic interpetations of speeches and letters by Martin Luther King.
The company has also staged acclaimed orginal productions about iconic African-American figures such as Zora Neal Hurston, Maya Anjelou, Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King.
In 2013 The Mixed Magic Exult Choir was formed to preserve and celebrate gospel music and its influence on contemporary and world music and the struggle for human rights. The choir, which also tours, presents 4 -6 concerts per year including its annual Greatness of Gospel Concert on Labor Day Weekend.
Mixed Magic has produced plays by emerging playwrigts including Kevin Broccoli and Alexis Inghram in additon to the work of August Wilson, Amiri Baraka, Stephen Addley Gurgis, Alfred Uhry and Ntozake Shange. as well as plays by William Shakespeare including King Lear, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Comedy of Errors. Shakespeare's work has also been incorporated into original performaces that combined Shakespeare and gospel and hip-hop music to create Shakespeare in the Spirit and From the Bard to the Bounce: A Hip-Hop and Shakespeare Experience.
The company has a strong commitment to poetry with its presentations pf Poets on Fire, The Never Silent Voices and our monthly showcase of black and brown talent RIse to Black.
Along with the Exult Choir the company also offers touring productions of Reflections: Growing Up a Black Man in America, MLK's Beyond Vietnam and Letter From Birmingham City Jail, Fate Comes Knocking: MLK and the Foot Soliers of the Civil Rights Movement.