Mixed: A One-Woman Show
Maya Lilly’s play, Mixed has been described as the first truly multi-cultural portrayal of Americans. Finally, the narratives of those ignored by the U.S. Census for years; those who have fallen through the cracks of the political system; those who were once told by doctors that they might be born “degenerate” or “deformed.” After centuries of misunderstanding, these stories make the audience understand what it is to belong to many cultures and, simultaneously, to none.
Mixed began as a series of more than 200 interviews to discover how people responded to the simple question, “What are you?” The interviews took place in person or over the phone; some were with people Lilly knew and others were complete strangers, speaking to her from all over America. She wanted to use these responses to create a theatre piece of some sort.
At every venue where Mixed is performed, it receives standing ovations. It recently won the Actor’s Repertory competition for “Best Solo Show,” in Los Angeles, California.