Michael Arden and Andy Mientus Directing Workshop of Spring Awakening for Deaf West Theatre

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15 Jul 2013

Michael Arden
Michael Arden

Deaf West Theatre, the Los Angeles-based company known for creating plays and musicals for deaf and hearing audiences alike, is currently exploring the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening as a possible future project in a two-week private workshop that continues through July 19.

The workshop is co-directed by Michael Arden, who starred in DWT and Center Theatre Group’s Big River on Broadway, and "Smash" star Andy Mientus, who originated a role in the first national tour of Spring Awakening.

The workshop also features movement by Spencer Liff, musical direction by Jared Stein and ASL Translation by Anthony Natale, Shoshannah Stern and Elizabeth Greene. The team, along with a company of both deaf and hearing actors, will "experiment with a selection of key pieces from the show to determine how they can marry American Sign Language with spoken and sung dialogue to tell the story in ways equally accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences," according to press notes.

The workshop will culminate in an invited open rehearsal July 19.

Spring Awakening, the rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 play, features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. The original 2006 production garnered eight Tony Awards including Best Musical after transferring to Broadway following the world premiere at Atlantic Theater Company.

(DWT) was founded in 1991 to "directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of thousands of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area." For more information, click here.