Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will present a theatrical performance of Theory of Mind by the Minneapolis-based Mixed Blood Theatre Company at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the college amphitheater. The performance is open to the public and admission is free. This sensitive yet unsentimental story presents a portrait of a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Bill is a college-bound seventeen 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 Theatre 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 autism-themed.
First toured by Mixed Blood in 2009, Theory of Mind again features Jason Paul Andrews as Bill in a cast that also includes Thallis Santesteban (returning to the role in which she toured for Mixed Blood in 2012) and Raúl Ramos. The production is directed by Skyler Nowinski, who played Bill in Mixed Blood’s previous tour of Theory of Mind.
Theory of Mind is one of four culturally-specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based multicultural theatre company founded in 1976. The others include the Chicano program Minnecanos; Dr. King’s Dream, a biography of the civil readers leader drawn from his own words; and Daughters of Africa, which was performed at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in January.
The performance at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is sponsored by the college’s student organizations as part of the student life program at the college.
For more information, contact Jesse Stirewalt, Director of Housing and Student Life at 218-590-3345 or via email to jstirewalt*AT*fdltcc.edu.

Jason Paul Andrews and Thallis Santesteban

Jason Paul Andrews and Thallis Santesteban

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