| Open: 05/02/07 Close: 05/20/07
NEW YORK DEAF THEATRE (Aaron Kubey. Artistic Director) presents "BEYOND THERAPY," a revival of the classic 1981 comedy by CHRISTOPHER DURANG (Adrift In Macao, Miss Witherspoon) about two mismatched singles who try to navigate a relationship despite the involvement of their crazy therapists.
"BEYOND THERAPY" traces the precarious romance of Bruce and Prudence, two hapless singles who initially meet through a personal ad. After an utterly disastrous first date, the dejected pair retreat to their respective analysts. Prudence's therapist (a lecherous bully with designs of his own on her) insists that she learn to accept imperfection, while Bruce's scatterbrained analyst gleefully suggests another ad with a much-revised personal description. But again Prudence answers the call. Chaos ensues as the bisexual Bruce's live-in boyfriend becomes jealous of the budding lovebirds and takes matters into his own hands. Is their relationship star-crossed, or can Bruce and Prudence find happiness living "beyond therapy?"
The play will be performed in American Sign Language (ASL), but non-deaf audiences will be able to enjoy the show as well, thanks to two voice actors who are incorporated into the world of the play. According to Artistic Director Aaron Kubey, "The technique we use when we incorporate our voice actors on the stage with our deaf actors is a seamless one, in which we place them in the scene as background actors. For instance, in the opening restaurant scene, our voice actors would be another couple enjoying a dinner while the lead characters meet for the first time. It's our goal to try and incorporate the voices into the scene as closely as possible, but allow the focus to remain on the deaf actors."
|The 39 Steps
| Open: 11/14/13 Close: 11/24/13
THE 39 STEPS is a fast-paced farce that parodies the Hitchcock spy story of the same name. Four ridiculously talented deaf actors portray over 150 zany characters in American Sign Language while four insanely gifted voice actors simultaneously perform the same lines in English; making this performance accessible to both Deaf and hearing audiences.
In THE 39 STEPS, a man bored with his life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy and asks for his help. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “THE 39 STEPS” is hot on the mans’ trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, THE 39 STEPS makes for an unforgettable evening.
|The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy
| Open: 04/03/14 Close: 04/13/14
In 1886 William “Dummy” Hoy was the first deaf baseball player to join the minor leagues. Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak’s comedic play The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy, speculates on the challenges “Dummy” faces as a member of the Oshkosh Baseball Team. With a stern manager, a play-by-the-rules umpire, an all too curious newspaper reporter and rowdy team of ballplayers we witness his struggles to be understood both on and off the field as he wrestles with his past, fights to play the game he loves and how by seeking to gain acceptance by others “Dummy” revolutionizes the rules of our great American pastime. A comedy about seeing the advantages of difference The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy drives home the beauty of the human spirit in pursuit of a dream.
The character of Dummy Hoy will be using only American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate in performance while the rest of cast will use spoken English and/or ASL simultaneously.