Written and performed by Leslye Orr
Director and dramaturg: Zaraawar Mistry
Photo: Lauren B. Photography
Video run time: 30 minutes.
Age Recommendation: Ages 9+
Now available as a video! To watch the video, or if you are an educator or sponsor interested in a Q&A or conversation with Leslye Orr, please contact Dreamland Arts: dreamlandarts.com/contact/
What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness is a comedic look at the one-eyed adventures of Leslye Orr and her off-kilter view of life in a 3D world. In this autobiographical storytelling piece created as a live performance and now adapted for video, 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.
What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness was first presented as a part of Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series in July 2013 (link to Star Tribune article). In 2021, the program was presented as a video followed by Q&A with Leslye on Zoom with international students in the U.S. Department of State AFS/Flex Program.