"I always try to act normal but my normal isn't normal"
Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre's production of Theory of Mind will be performed at the UMD campus on November 10, 2010. 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 company member whose other writing credits include Touched by an Angel and the Mixed Blood-produced plays Calvinisms, League of Nations, and Vestibular Sense. His yet untitled play about the online autism community is planned to debut in Mixed Blood's 2011-2012 season.
First toured by Mixed Blood in 2009, Theory of Mind again features Skyler Nowinski as Bill in a cast that also includes Brittany Bradford and Warren C. Bowles. The production is again staged by Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuter.
The show is one of five 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.