ASL Secret Hidden in Poster for Broadway's Spring Awakening Revival

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The poster for Deaf West's production of Spring Awakening, which arrives on Broadway this month, includes a secret that non-signing people may not instantly recognize.

Can you guess the hidden meaning behind this poster art?

Check out the video below for an explanation by Deaf West Theatre's artistic director DJ Kurs:

The new poster features an image of a boy and a girl embracing, with one of each of their arms crossed in an x-shape. In American Sign Language, this is the sign for "love."

Artistic director Kurs said, "Sign language is not mere gesture -- it is a fully formed language with its own rules. Here it is an integral part of the show. We sought to include this spirit in the poster."

On the decision to use the word "love" in the poster, Kurs said, "This is very special because two people in love are uniting to make a single sign that reflects their state of emotion."

Did you recognize the sign?

Spring Awakening begins previews Sept. 8 and opens Sept. 27 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for an 18-week run. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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