Voices in a Deaf Theater
By Margo Meisel
This perceptive documentary follows a mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors as they prepare to stage Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. As they rehearse, each group experiences a difficult but rewarding journey into the culture of the other. This outstanding video offers viewers a window into the deaf world, with its rich culture and expressive language, as well as an opportunity to witness the way two groups, with a common goal but very different communication tools, can bridge their language barrier. Study Guide included.
Purchase $199.00 DVD
Order No. QA-229
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-701-8
"A terrific educational tool! I hope it reaches as many people as possible." Tony Allicino, New York Deaf Theatre
"A beautifully orchestrated documentary. The technical and creative aspects of this production are excellent." American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Leader
"Engaging, educational, and thought-provoking...highly recommended for drama, multicultural, and literature collections in school, academic, and public libraries." Library Journal
"An accessible and thoughtful introduction for high school and college audiences not only to an alternative form of theater, but to issues in teamwork and collaboration across cultures. Clear, careful and intelligent, it provides insights into a process that both deaf and hearing groups will find valuable." Disability Studies Quarterly
"Does an excellent job of illuminating both the beauty and the challenges which arise when deaf and hearing people work together." American Era, American School for the Deaf
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