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Imagine U: The Ballad of Mu Lan

Written and directed by Alvin Chan

February 24–March 6, 2022

Thurs., 2/24 7 p.m. 
Fri., 2/25 @ 7 p.m. 
Sat., 2/26 @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun., 2/27 @ 2 p.m.
Fri., 3/4 @ 7 p.m.
Sat., 3/5 @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun., 3/6 @ 2 p.m.

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive

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Ticket Pricing

General Public $15
Senior Citizens (62+) $15
NU Faculty, Staff and Emeriti $15
Full-Time non-NU Students
(under 35 and children) $15
Full-Time NU Students $6 in advance, $10 at the door

A per ticket service charge will be added to all online ($3 per ticket), phone ($2 per ticket), and mail purchases ($3 per ticket). A $5 charge per each Wirtz Center FLEXPASS order.

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When Mu Lan dresses up as a boy to take her father’s place in the army, she has lots to learn and lots to prove, but her biggest battle might be with her confidence. This new telling of an ancient Chinese legend mixes traditional Chinese theatrical techniques with contemporary music for a brand-new take on a classic story of girl power.

Approximate run time 80 minutes, no intermission.

Recommended for ages 5+


Creative Drama Workshops
Feb. 27 and March 6

Following the 2 p.m. performances Sun., Feb. 27 and Sun., March 6, Northwestern teaching artists and members of the cast will offer a 45-minute creative drama workshop. The workshop is free and open to any child who attends the show. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate. Space is limited; reservations are required, and can be made by e-mailing the Wirtz Center Box Office at The Feb. 27 workshop will take place in Room 101 in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Louis Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room).  The March 6 workshop will take place in the Room 235 located in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Louis Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room).

Sensory Friendly Performance
March 6, 2 p.m.

This specialized performance facilitated by Seesaw Theatre in collaboration with Imagine U will provide a relaxed and safe environment for disabled audience members. This performance is open to all with an enhanced focus on theatrical accessibility.

Modifications to the experience include:

  • A detailed social story will be sent to audience members the week of the show. This guide can help prepare your child for the experience of visiting the theatre and seeing The Ballad of Mu Lan
  • Select changes to light and sound cues to minimize sudden changes and high-volume effect.
  • A quiet space for audience members, if they need a break from the performance at any time.
  • Theatre teaching artists with a background in theatrical accessibility will be present.
  • Sensory kits (including items such as headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys, etc.) will be available to audience members upon request.

All audience members for this performance will experience this sensory-friendly performance. Fidget toys and communication devices will be welcome in the theatre.