USF Jesters to Present Spring Performance

February 13, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis will present their annual spring performance on March 11 at 6 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. at the USF North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.

This year’s show, “Truth Be Told,” examines the veil between lying and truth telling. Performers use music, dance, theatre, 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 renowned 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.

Tickets are $10 and are available now. Call the USF School of Creative Arts (SOCA) at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001 for information.

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.

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.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.