New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) celebrates its new, accessible production of Jordan Harrison’s 2011 play Maple and Vine May 17 at The Flea Theater Off Off-Broadway. The production, which uses a combination of American Sign Language, spoken English, and English Captioning, marks the New York theatre directing debut of award-winning Deaf film director Jules Dameron (Reverse Polarity).
Dameron directs a cast made up of Christina Cogswell, Christopher Corrigan, Dickie Hearts, C.J. Malloy, and Liarra Michelle.
Performances began May 11 and are scheduled through May 27.
In Maple and Vine, a Manhattan couple has become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties.
The creative team for Maple and Vine includes assistant director Joshua Castille, lighting designer Annie Wiegand, projections designer Gregory Casparian, assistant lighting designer Tamara Harris, scenic designer Jennifer Varbalow, costume designer Lisa Renee Jordan, props designer Kate Testa, sound designer Adam Salberg, production manager Will Jennings, production stage manager Miriam Rochford, assistant stage managers Vianna Joan and Millie Wells, production assistants Karly Im and Emily Hausmann, artistic director JW Guido, and producing director Annie Wiegand.
Maple and Vine received its world premiere from Actors Theatre of Louisville at the 2011 Humana Festival; Playwrights Horizons produced the New York Premiere Off-Broadway that same year.
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