Drawing by Julia Kuhl
Lynne Kaufman &
Joseph Le Doux’s
Map of Your Mind
Staged reading of a new musical!
In Person at the San Francisco Mainstage
Playwright: Lynne Kaufman
Director: Lynne Kaufman
Co-writer, Lyricist, and Music: Joseph LeDoux
Musical Director: Colin Dempsey
Light/Soundboard Operator: Alexa Almira
Performers: Andre Amaratico | Arwen Anderson | Meg Mackay | Wiley Naman Strasser | Chloe Wintersteen
Guitarists: Joseph LeDoux | Colin Dempsey
Drummer: Bob Blankenship
Friday January 20, 2023
2pm & 8pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 16+
Please do not bring infants to the show
Proof of vaccination along with valid ID
Face Coverings are required
About the Show
Map of Your Mind illuminates the lives of four people in a therapy group for PTSD as they share their stories and strive to heal. The insights on memory and emotion are based on the work of co-writer and neuroscientist, Joseph Le Doux.
LYNNE KAUFMAN – Playwright:
JOSEPH LeDOUX – Co-writer, Lyricist, and Music:
Joseph LeDoux is a University Professor and Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion, memory and consciousness. LeDoux has received a number of awards for his research, and he is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences USA. He is also the author of several books, including The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, Anxious (2016 APA William James Book Award), and The Deep History of Ourselves (finalist for the 2020 Pen America E. O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing). He is the 2023 President-Elect of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids, and performs with Colin Dempsey as the acoustic duo, So Are We.
Wiley Naman Strasser is an Armenian-American actor, dancer and musician. He is passionate about new plays and physical theater and committed to uplifting underrepresented experiences through the intersection of text, movement, and music. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, he has also trained with Pig Iron, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, CalArts, Yuyachkani (Lima), and Teatr Zar and the Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw).
Bay Area collaborations over the past decade include work with Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Mugwumpin, Magic Theatre, Hope Mohr Dance, Golden Thread, detour dance, Cutting Ball, Crowded Fire, Berkeley Rep, and Aurora. He has also performed in Los Angeles, New York City, Europe, and South America. Recognitions include a TITAN Award for Acting from Theatre Bay Area and an SF Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle Nomination for Best Principal Actor in a Musical.
Most recently, Wiley appeared in a workshop reading of Denmo Ibrahim’s Kal and Dija Save the World, directed by Evren Odcikin with The Civilians. Before that he was seen in Golden Thread’s world premiere of Drowning in Cairo, the Detour Dance film series, Up On High, and the Broadway national tour of A Christmas Carol.