Mixed Blood Theatre Presents World Premiere Play about Autism
What: VESTIBULAR SENSE, by Ken LaZebnik
When: November 3–26, 2006 (Wed–Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 1pm)
Where: Alan Page Auditorium of Mixed Blood's historic firehouse theatre,
1501 S. Fourth Street on the West Bank in Minneapolis
Tickets: $11–$28 at (612) 338-6131 or www.mixedblood.com
(Minneapolis, MN) — The world of autism takes center stage in Mixed Blood Theatre's world premiere production of Vestibular Sense, playing November 3–26 in the Alan Page Auditorium of the company's historic firehouse theatre. The play is written by Ken LaZebnik, the co-screen storywriter for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion movie and the playwright of League of Nationsand Calvinisms, both previously produced by Mixed Blood. Jack Reuler is directing Vestibular Sense.
LaZebnik's new creation looks into the world of Isaac, a high-functioning young man who lives independently with his aging grandmother and works overseeing a roller coaster at a Norse theme park. When Fourth of July hi-jinks at the workplace get out of hand, Isaac's autism proves to be simultaneously an advantage and bane. The playwright, who has two family members with autism, has created Isaac as a three-dimensional young man, defined by many things, one of which is his autism.
“Ken's deep first-hand understanding of autism makes this play unique and authentic,” says Reuler. “With both a comic and warm-hearted approach, this play illustrates the élan and challenges of people with autism and the friends, family, colleagues and teachers who surround them.”