New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) launches its 37th season with Titus, a visual-physical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, beginning October 30 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City.
Fresh from their performance in the Public Works Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and their Ham4Ham video collaboration with Broadway’s Hamilton, NYDT presents the play through November 13. Opening night is set for November 1.
Titus, according to NYDT, “reimagines Shakespeare’s original work in a whole new physical and visual world, needless of spoken English or American Sign Language (ASL). A sharply talented cast of eight actors, four Deaf and four hearing, uses only nonverbal elements such as Mime, Visual Gestural Communication and Visual Vernacular to tell the story. The unique manipulation of light, shadow and projection presents all audiences with a widely accessible experience of Shakespeare’s first tragedy, through a new visual language.”
Directed by Monique Holt, the cast features Beth Applebaum, Samuel Caraballo, Christina Cogswell, Sarah Folkins, David Jenkins, Jory Murphy, Chris Ogren, and Malik Paris.
The creative team also includes Luther Frank (lighting and projections designer), Russell Bockemuehl (associate lighting and projections designer), Christopher and Justin Swader (scenic designers), Patricia Ordonez (costume designer), Kate Testa (props designer), Daniel Steffey (music composer), Lisa B. Lewis (clown consultant), Becky Baumwoll (movement consult), E. Gail Hart and Miriam Rochford (production stage managers), Lauren Vaicels (production assistant), JW Guido (artistic director), and Annie Wiegand (producing director).
The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street. For more information and tickets, visit NewYorkDeafTheatre.org.
(Updated October 30, 2016)