Combined Blood Theatre is a staple of Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside Community. Powering its red firehouse doors is a stage acknowledged for taking on social troubles with inventive theatrics: in 2016, “DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party” wove an anthology of shorts about family ailment, love, immigration, and police harassment into an immersive nightclub scene. The chairs ended up cleared the audience danced.
But possibly lesser-acknowledged is Combined Blood’s many years-prolonged work in community wellness, in which they use are living theater as a bridge among wellness care suppliers and community members. In the 90’s, they staged Do No Harm for Regions Hospital, a play about immigrants and refugees applying that hospital’s crisis room as a principal care clinic. Infant Infant, a Motown musical about racial and financial limitations to prenatal care, turned a software for obstetrics in the West metro. And the clearly show has long gone on: Combined Blood has