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Spring Awakening to Be Presented in American Sign Language and Spoken English

Michael Arden will direct the Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik musical for Deaf West Theatre.

Michael Arden will direct Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.
Michael Arden will direct Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.

The Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, will be presented in an immersive production by Deaf West Theatre. The musical will open September 13 at Inner City Arts and is presented in association with The Forest of Arden. Michael Arden will direct, with musical direction by Jared Stein and choreography by Spencer Liff. Arden appeared in Deaf West's Broadway production of Big River.

Deaf West's Spring Awakening will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. The cast of 25 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing actors will feature Joey Antonio, Miles Barbee, Jimmy Bellinger, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Max Fishman, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Joseph Haro, Amelia Hensley, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Lauren Patten, Natacha Roi, Rustin Cole Sailors, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, and Alexandra Winter.

Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness.

"The play is all about the fraught relationship between parent and child, about navigating the world without strong guidance," Deaf West Artistic Director David J. Kurs explains. "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."

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