Tag Archives: Deaf West Theatre

Counterpoint to a Datapoint

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Under the title “There is Pro99 Data and Then There Are the Facts,” Los Angeles playwright, producer, and stage manager Armina LaManna has published a rebuttal in The Dramatist  to Vanessa Stewart’s earlier article there (a version of which first appeared in Footlights). You may recall that Stewart, aided by Monica Greene, took upon herself the daunting task of capturing the life of any intimate ...

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Deaf West Creates Music Video

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The Los Angeles theater company Deaf West has long been lauded but, with its production of Spring Awakening, it’s currently driving a national conversation.  Recently, the National Endowment of the Arts published a report of their deaf theater roundtable discussion where Deaf West figured prominently.  And now, inspired by the company’s performance at the Tony Awards, Ingrid Michaelson created an American Sign Language version of ...

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Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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Broadway Comes From Non-Profits

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In a bit of news that will surprise no one outside of New York City, nearly every single one of the 2016 Tony nominees are in shows that began life in non-profits.  As American Theatre wryly notes: The musical revival nominees include one commercial only-on-Broadway offering, Bartlett Sher’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof (even as his revival of The King and I continues at Broadway’s third nonprofit, ...

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Video: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakenings continues to gain national attention with their cast performance of “Touch Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, November 23, 2015.  Marlee Matlin, who is making her Broadway debut in the production, signs the introduction.  This show began its life in a small 99-seat theater before moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and ...

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Award Winning 99 Seat Show now en route to White House

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Broadway World: It’s been an extraordinary journey for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening.  First produced in a 99 seat theater, it was then remounted in the larger Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  From there, the production next moved to the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway where it became a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.  Along the way, both  Los ...

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Special Section in American Theatre Magazine covers Artists with Disabilities

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The November 2015 issue of American Theatre Magazine includes a special section covering theater artists with disabilities and associated topics: Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.

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Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Extends Broadway Run

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TheaterMania.com:  Deaf West’s new revival play incubated in Los Angeles Intimate Theatre is extending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Michael Arden’s production, which was originally announced as “absolutely 18 weeks only,” will now end its run on January 24 owing to audience demand. http://bit.ly/1KtCBuy

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12 Best Theater Companies In Los Angeles

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LAist: The vitality and fun of Los Angeles’s theater scene should not be a well-kept secret.  L.A. is home to dozens of excellent theater organizations and companies offering great productions all the time in venues large and small. Here are some of the best of them. http://bit.ly/1JRpIKw

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