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March 27, 2014

Briefs: Mixed Blood Theatre at Bethany; More than Writing Conference at MSU

Mixed Blood Theatre presents "The Deaf Duckling"

MANKATO -- The Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre will be performing "The Deaf Duckling" at 7 p.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran College's Meyer Hall.

The show is free and no tickets are necessary.

The play will be performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. The show offers insight into how one family bridges deaf and hearing cultures through playwright Aditi Kapil's adaptation of the classic "Ugly Duckling" fairy tale. In Kapil's story, a deaf child is born into a hearing family.

Originally produced by Mixed Blood in 2005 and revived in 2009, "The Deaf Duckling" includes both deaf and hearing actors in the cast. David Baughman and James Gardner join returning cast member Erin McGovern under the direction of Kapil.

"The Deaf Duckling" is one of five culturally-specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based multicultural theatre company founded in 1976.

MSU hosting writing conference, book fair

MANKATO — The fourth annual More Than Writing Conference and Book Fair will be held Friday in Minnesota State University's Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants can attend panels on topics such as: freelancing, technology in the classroom, the young adult book market, writing, interviewing, the visual arts and more.

Sarah Stonich will be giving the keynote discussion at 7 p.m.. Stonich is the author of the award-winning best-seller "These Granite Islands," which has been translated into eight languages and is enjoying a 12th anniversary issue by the University of Minnesota Press. Her novel "The Ice Chorus"received international acclaim as well, and the memoir "Shelter"won the NEMBA Award. Her new book, "Vacationland," is a volume of stories connecting a dozen characters to the same fictional resort.

To learn more about the conference and for a full schedule of events, please visit http://english.mnsu.edu/morethanwriting/index.htm.

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