Mixed Blood's 'Theory of Mind'
The actors of the Mixed Blood Theatre company will be kept busy this month, as a total of four performances of the company's touring production, "Theory of Mind," will be presented in the area between Oct. 21-Nov. 1.
"Theory of Mind" presents the sensitive yet unsentimental story of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome.
Bill is a college-bound 17-year-old, equipped with scholastic brilliance but low emotional intelligence; a keen self-awareness, yet an inability to read social cues, and a charming directness yet prone to taking everything he hears literally.
His outing with a young woman becomes a memorable, insightful look at the tugs, shifts, and about-faces found on the autism spectrum.
"Theory of Mind" is written by Ken LaZebnik, a veteran Mixed Blood company member whose other writing credits include "Touched by an Angel" and the Mixed Blood-produced plays "Calvinisms," "League of Nations," "Vestibular Sense," and "On The Spectrum," the latter two also being autism-themed.
First toured by Mixed Blood in 2009, "Theory of Mind" again features Skyler Nowinski as Bill in a cast that also includes Thallis Santesteban and Warren C. Bowles. The production is again staged by Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler.
The show is one of four culturally-specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood, a professional, multi-racial theatre company based in Minneapolis that promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence.
The other touring productions include the Martin Luther King biography "Dr. King's Dream"; "Daughters of Africa," a music-driven history of African American women; and "African America," a look at the modern African diaspora in Minnesota.
The first area performance of "Theory of Mind" will be this coming Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, starting at 7 p.m.
Underwritten by the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Detroit Lakes, this performance is free and open to the public, with no pre-assigned seating.
Three additional performances will be hosted by the Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena campuses of Minnesota State Community & Technical College.
They will be presented at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the conference center at M State-Detroit Lakes; 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in M State-Wadena's cafeteria; and 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in M State-Fergus Falls' Legacy Hall.
All three performances are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes and Wadena Student Senates and the CACTUS organization on the Fergus Falls campus.
For more information, please contact the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office, 218-844-7469, or Mary Devine at M State, 218-402-0074.