Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Theory of Mind will be performed in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on Monday, October 29 at 2 p.m. 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 was 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 autism-themed.
Theory of Mind 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.