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LA theatre to produce deaf-blind production of ‘Spring Awakening'

LA theatre to produce deaf-blind production of ‘Spring Awakening’

Los Angeles theatre Deaf West recently announced they are producing a deaf-blind production of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

Deaf West’s Spring Awakening will be presented in both American Sign Language and spoken English, and will feature a cast of 25 hearing and hearing-impaired actors. The theatre recently launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the production.

According to Deaf West artistic director David J. Kurs, “the inability of the characters in Spring Awakening to connect to and communicate with their parents is similar to the experience of many deaf children." Michael Arden, the show's director, hopes that Spring Awakening "will kindle a new connection between the hearing and deaf communities."

Center Theatre Group has previously worked with Deaf West on Big River at the Ahmanson Theatre, _Sleeping Beauty Wakes _at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum. 

Spring Awakening will run from Sept. 13-Oct. 9 at Inner-City Arts in downtown L.A.