A Lie of the Mind

by Sam Shepard
Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
September 12-27, 2015
Performing at Nimbus Theater

Temper, temper.

Shepard’s famous portrait of the American nightmare begins when Beth wakes up with a brain injury. Her husband Jake has beaten her so badly that she retreats to her family home in Montana. Jake crawls back to his mother and siblings in California. Two families begin to reassess and unravel. When the mind can take no more, it survives by breaking down and rewiring its pathways. But when the family dynamic deteriorates, it may take gunshots and fire to forge more reliable bonds.

The Castlie_postcard

Jake – Nate Cheeseman
Frankie – Gabriel Murphy
Beth – Amy Pirkl *
Mike – Bear Brummel
Lorraine – Kit Bix
Sally – Joy Dolo
Baylor – Don Maloney
Meg – Delta Rae Giordano

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie Wethern *
Stage Manager – Clara Costello *
Scenic Designer – Ursula K. Bowden
Lighting Designer – Merritt Rodriguez
Costume Designer – Cole Bylander
Props Designer – Julia Carlis *
Sound Designer – Jacob M. Davis
ASL Interpreter – Katie Johnson
ASL Interpreter – Rebecca Rick
Audio Describer – Michelle Storm

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

“The Pro Rata crew gets the story up on its feet in a sleek, economical package of design and performance, and shares with the audience all the reasons they should love the story just as much as the artists on stage do.” –Single White Fringe Geek

“once again Pro Rata offers a beautiful, well-acted and -directed, and disturbing evening of theater.” –Cherry and Spoon

“Carin Bratlie Wethern give us plenty of arresting images and theatrical moments […] and lots of hefty meat to chew on. A Lie of the Mind isn’t an easy ride, but it is one definitely worth taking.” –City Pages

“Theatre Pro Rata has staged a compelling production” –Star Tribune

“[t]he performance that makes this production a must-see is that of Amy Pirkl, who embodies Beth with a heartbreakingly poignant vulnerability.” –The Tangential

“Bratlie Wethern, to her great credit, keeps things moving and elicits some terrific performances from a crackerjack cast.” –How Was The Show

“Amy Pirkl is especially affecting as Beth”
“Cheeseman’s compulsive energy is hard to look away from” –Talkin’ Broadway

The Star Tribune highlights the show in its profile of the beginning of the 2015-16 theatre season.
City Pages interviews director Carin Bratlie Wethern about the the show, Sam Shepard, and the American Dream.
The MPR Weekend Arts Roundup mentions the show going into opening weekend.
City Pages highlights the show.


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This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.