USF Jesters to present ‘Truth Be Told’

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The Jesters rehearse their show, which examines the difference between lying and truth telling. The program involves people with mild to severe disabilities, fostering self-esteem and other life skills.

The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis will present their annual spring performance this weekend at the USF North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne.

“Truth Be Told” will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Tickets are $10. Call the USF School of Creative Arts at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001 for information.

This year’s show examines “the veil between lying and truth telling,” the university said in a statement. “Performers use music, dance, theater, visual art and green screen technology to explore lies of deception, white lies, lies of omission and differences in perception.” The show includes the story of visual artist Wassily Kandinsky who was ridiculed as a child and accused of lying because he had synesthesia and claimed he could “hear the colors sing.” Jesters also integrate their own personal stories of lying and truth telling using improvisational structures.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision is to develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large.

The Jesters program and this year’s performance are provided with support from the AWS Foundation, the ME Raker Foundation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.