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Spring Awakening to Host American Sign Language Experience

The production will offer a lesson in ASL before a Broadway performance.

The Broadway cast of Deaf West's Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The Broadway cast of Deaf West's Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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An interactive American Sign Language experience will be held at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre prior to the Tuesday, December 1 performance of Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening.

Producer and Deaf West Theatre artistic director D.J. Kurs, along with members of the cast, will lead an inside look into the process of translating the lyrics of Spring Awakening into American Sign Language. Signed words and lyrics from the show will be taught, followed by a sing- and sign-along. Beginning at 5pm, ticketholders for that evening’s 7pm performance may check in at the theater. The event will be held from 5:15pm-6pm.

Michael Arden's production of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony-winning musical, which originated in 2014 in Los Angeles as a production of Deaf West Theatre, is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play and set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late-19th-century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers.

The complete cast of Spring Awakening is Robert Ariza, Miles Barbee, Katie Boeck, Alex Boniello, Joshua Castille, Lizzy Cuesta, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Grandillo, Elizabeth Greene, Russell Harvard, Amelia Hensley, Van Hughes, Lauren Luiz, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim, Daniel Marmion, Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Marlee Matlin, Austin P. McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Patrick Page, Ren, Krysta Rodriguez, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse.

The limited Broadway engagement runs through Sunday, January 24, 2016.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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