Deaf West’s “Flowers of Algernon” will be playing until Nov. 17

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A Deaf West Theatre production, Flowers of Algernon, will be playing its bilingual play, expressed both in spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).  “We want to show the world that ASL is a beautiful language,” said Deaf West Artistic Director David J. Kurs.  The well-known novel, Flowers of Algernon, which is often read by high school students for their English class, was written by Daniel Keyes, and then adapted to come to life on stage by David Rogers.  Charlie, the intellectually disabled person, is played by Daniel N. Durant (known as Matthew from ABC Family’s  hit show Switched at Birth) who was recognized for his acting skills as the character by the Los Angeles Times.

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This play is directed by Matthew McCray, and also includes performers: Hillary Baack, Josh Breslow, Karla Gutierrez, Charles Katz,

Bruce Katzman, Sean Eaton, Alek Lev, Sarah Lilly, Crystal Lott, Shanna Sorrells, and Melanie H. Vansell.

 

CBS also featured this play: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/09/27/deaf-west-theatre-blends-spoken-english-american-sign-language-to-give-audience-unique-experience/

Kurs is right, we, the Deaf Community, need to show that ASL is a beautiful language especially in theatre. 

The play is shown at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. then at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Click here for tickets.

 

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