FAIRMONT - Mixed Blood Theater's one-man performance of "Dr. King's Dream" will be on stage Thursday at Fairmont Opera House and open to the public at no charge.
Veteran Twin Cities actor Warren C. Bowles will portray the civil rights leader on April 4, 1968, the day King was assassinated.
Bowles, who wrote the production, used King's letters, sermons, books and speeches to create the monologue.
Warren C. Bowles
The free performance starts noon Thursday, sponsored by Presentation College and the Opera House.
"[Bowles] does an excellent, excellent job of learning what Dr. King went through," said Doris Stusiak, director of student services and activities at Presentation College's Aberdeen, S.D., campus.
The college has hosted several Mixed Blood productions over the years, but never in Fairmont. The play comes on the heels of Dr. King's birthday, Jan. 16, and February is Black History Month.
Recalling the civil rights movement, she said, "I lived that. I remember when he was assassinated. ... I think our younger generations need to see these things and be reminded how we got where we are today. No, things are not perfect now, but they are better than they used to be, thanks to the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King."
The production is only 45 minutes long, and Bowles often fields questions following his performance regarding Dr. King and Mixed Blood Theater. Bowles has been performing "Dr. King's Dream" for the company since 1980. Mixed Blood is based out of Minneapolis - its home theater is a historic firehouse - and it offers several touring productions.
"We're hoping to fill the Opera House with students and community members," said Traci Lardy, director of the Presentation College campus in Fairmont. "... Over your lunch hour, come and enjoy and learn."
For more information on Mixed Blood Theater, visit www.mixedblood.com online.