BLIND DATE Closes at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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The Saint Paul production of "Blind Date" at the Ordway's McKnight Theatre runs through April 1.

About the show: "In "Blind Date," we meet Mimi (played by Rebecca Northan), a Parisian temptress, who is stood up by her date. Always the optimist, Mimi selects one fortunate man from the audience (a different guy every night) to be her date instead. Heart-warming hilarity ensues as Mimi and her man embark on a spontaneous 90-minute adventure."

"Rebecca Northan takes your breath away with her improvisational power and wit," says James A. Rocco, Ordway's vice president of theatrical programming and producing artistic director.

About the artist: "The show's creator, Canadian-born Rebecca Northan, stars as Mimi. An experienced actor and improviser, Rebecca has appeared in leading roles in two Canadian television series (CTV's "Alice, I Think" and Showcase's "The Foundation," as well as having guest hosted CBC's "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"). Rebecca conducted her improvisation training at the world-renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company; she is a Second City Alumna and has appeared in countless Theater Productions. She is the recipient of a Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Award for improvisation, and a 2010 Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary) for "Best Female in a Musical or Comedy" for "Blind Date." Rebecca has also been nominated for a Gemini (Canada's equivalent of the Emmys); two Dora Award nominations for "Blind Date" (Toronto); five Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improviser; and several Betty Mitchell awards (Calgary), including one for "Evil Dead the Musical." Currently, Rebecca's new play, "Kung Fu Panties," is in further development. "Blind Date" is produced by Kevin McCollum ("Rent," "Avenue Q," "In The Heights," "West Side Story" and "The Drowsy Chaperone").

The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul's most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway's Music Theater and McKnight stages attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway's mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. The Ordway also serves as authorizer for the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a professionally guided academic and artistic environment that trains aspiring pre-professional performing artists. Together with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances.

Performance and Ticket Information for "Blind Date" Through April 1, 2012

Performance Dates:
April 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Ordway's McKnight Theatre

Tickets start at $46 including fees.

Ticket Office: 651.224.4222
Groups: 651.282.3111
ordway.org

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