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Sioux Falls Native Returns Home With New Autobiographical Comedy

7/26/2013
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Sioux Falls, SD (7/23/13) – Sioux Falls native Leslye Orr returns home with a new autobiographical comedy, What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness On Wednesday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belbas Theater at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets are $17.50 plus tax. Tickets may be purchased starting at Noon. on Saturday, July 27 at the Pavilion Box Office, by calling (605) 367-6000 or 1-877 WASHPAV or online at www.washingtonpavilion.org.
 
What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness is a comedic look at the one-eyed adventures of Sioux Falls native Leslye Orr, and her off-kilter view of life in a 3D world. In this new autobiographical storytelling piece, Leslye, who is legally blind, humorously chronicles the visual challenges she faces, and the inspiring travels and wacky mishaps she has had as a performer and advocate for people with disabilities. Leslye also tells stories of spending her childhood in thick glasses, growing up as one of eight kids in Sioux Falls, dealing with high school pranksters in the seventies, learning to do the craziest sound effects, and how she survived taking a big leap of faith as a wannabe performer in Minneapolis.
 
What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness premiered in July 2013 at the Illusion Theater Fresh Ink series in Minneapolis.
 
Leslye Orr is a playwright, performer and teacher, and the writer and performer of the hit comedy, Women Who Drink. She is well known for her workshops on the integration of people with disabilities, and is a speaker/specialist through an appointment by the U.S. Department of State, for which she has toured her show Hand in Hand through the American embassies in Latvia, Lithuania and Israel. Leslye is also the author and illustrator of a children's book, The People On the Corner, and a sound-effects enthusiast who has been featured on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Leslye was a company member and voice coach at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She has worked with Ballet of the Dolls, Illusion Theater, Jungle Theater Outreach Series, Dudley Riggs and The Arkansas Children's Theater. Leslye was awarded a Jerome Fellowship and a Jones Commission through the Playwrights' Center, and a playwriting fellowship and an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Leslye has also served on the Minneapolis Mayor's Advisory Council on People with Disabilities. Born legally blind, for the past thirty years Leslye has taught workshops internationally in which she upholds the possibilities of disabilities. She and her husband, theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, along with their son, Sam, own and operate Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to their home in St. Paul.

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