Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening is playing now in Los Angeles

Deaf West Theatre starts previews for its production, Spring Awakening, today at the Wallis Anneberg Center for the Performing Arts. 

This play is based on the book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.

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A scene in Spring Awakening.  Photo credit: Tate Tullier
A scene in Spring Awakening. Photo credit: Tate Tullier

With many familiar faces in the arts like Daniel N. Durant (ABC Family’s Switched at Birth); Hillary Baack (Switched at Birth and The East); and Treshelle Edmond (Glee and Super Bowl XLIX-signed National Anthem) to name a few, both deaf and hearing audiences will truly enjoy watching this unique production in “Deaf West” style, which involves blending in of two languages—American Sign Language and spoken English.

Deaf West Theatre Artistic Director David J. Kurs explains that their production illuminates the divide between deaf children and their hearing parents who do not share their world. “The play is all about the fraught relationship between parent and child, about navigating the world without strong guidance.  The inability of the characters in Spring Awakening to connect to and communicate with their parents is similar to the experience of many deaf children.”

Additionally, Michael Arden (the production’s director), Spencer Liff, and musical director Jared Stein (first National Tour of Spring Awakening; Broadway productions of American Idiot and Hair), together have reinvented the groundbreaking musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth in true Deaf West style.

“We are honored and humbled to welcome new additions to the cast, including veterans of the Broadway and touring productions, into the Deaf West family. Their presence speaks to the artistic standards we strive to maintain and to continually elevate. We are thrilled to be able to bring our loyal patrons and new audiences another opportunity to see our expanded production of Spring Awakening at the beautiful Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, with our award winning design elements expanded in scope to fill the larger space.”

Spring Awakening, is directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff.  Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying pop/rock score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.

See a piece of this play here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1vLE3Egf8w&spfreload=10

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