INTO THE FIRE: A Deaf Theater Project

INTO THE FIRE: A Deaf Theater Project

THEATERWORK has responded to a request by members of the Deaf Community in Albuquerque to establish a project working with Deaf adults in developing performances for both deaf and hearing audiences. The project, under the direction of TW Artistic Director David Olson, will emphasize acting, script writing, directing and design skills. Members of THEATERWORK's Permanent Company will participate in this project as instructors and a support team. Several members of the Company have skills in American Sign Language. Mr. Olson wrote and directed performance pieces for the New Mexico School for the Deaf over a period of years, as Visiting Artist. One of those plays - Into the Fire - has given its name to this project. The original play was based on research into the loss of tens of thousands of deaf people in the Holocaust. They were specifically targeted because of their deafness. Many of them were young people pulled directly out of schools for the deaf in both Germany and occupied countries. The NMSD production - highly charged and poetic in form - celebrated the courage and solidarity of those young people. It was a story little known in the Deaf Community. The production was taken to Washington,D.C. and was met with great acclaim. The "fire" of the title refers to the bright, powerful light generated by beauty, the truth and courage. Scheduled activities coming out of the project will be announced at a later date.

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