“Tribes is the first do not miss production of this year.
Make sure you get yourself tickets for this profoundly moving show!” – Los Angeles Magazine
“EXTRAORDINARY!” - The New Yorker
“Dazzling!” - New York Post
Are you listening?
Billy is in love. For the first time in his entire life as a deaf person he has found Sylvia, someone who listens to him.
As they begin their romance in a dance of conversations — both silent and spoken — one question becomes deafening: why did Billy and his family, his tribe, never learn sign language?
“A smart, lively and beautifully acted new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.” - The New York Times
“I was trying to remember her face. In the end, it was like I wore it out…like I photocopied it too many times. - Billy in Tribes by Nina Raine
Tribes made its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Play in 2010. In this critically-celebrated production direct from the Barrow Street Theatre off-Broadway, Obie Award-winner David Cromer (Our Town) masterfully orchestrates an intricately woven cast of characters in a fascinating interplay of sound and communication, perception and true understanding.
- Entertainment Weekly
“Unquestionably, one of the best new plays of the year!
- The Huffington Post
Project D.A.T.E. (Direct Access Theatre Experience) performances are designed for our deaf, hard of hearing, blind and low vision patrons. On April 6 at 2:30pm we will offer ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning and Audio Description.
Additional ASL and Open Captioned services are available for select performances of Tribes. Click here for a complete list of dates to purchase tickets for these performances. By phone: TTY 213.680.4017 or Voice 213.628.2772.
Tribes in Performance
||See The New York Times’ on stage excerpt
Watch from Stage Seats for just $20!
Available for this production, a limited number of stage seats are available. With only 6 seats in each row, on stage seating brings the audience a unique perspective for the Taper.
Click here to see the Taper seat map including on stage seat locations. Due to their unique nature, these tickets are not available for late seating, wheelchair accessibility or those who need to leave their seat during the performance.
Stage Seats are just $20 and are on sale now.
View our ASL Tutorial here.
Purchase Stage Seats online.
Should Deaf Children Learn to Sign or Read Lips?
Read about the debate that's at the heart of Nina Raine’s play Tribes.