ASC Theatre Presents Groundbreaking Play

(09-09-2009)

The Adams State College Theatre Program opens its 2009-10 season with the groundbreaking play Children of a Lesser God. The production features actors using both spoken word and American Sign Language (ASL).

Set at a school for the deaf, the play focuses on the romance between a young speech therapist and a school dropout who has been deaf since birth. As the couple fall in love, they must deal with the differences between them and the worlds in which they live. Can their love bridge the divide between the hearing and deaf worlds so that they can live together in the same world?

Directed by Dr. John H. Taylor, professor of theatre, the Pulitzer Prize winning play offers both hearing and deaf audiences a unique opportunity to experience together a powerful evening in theatre.

"I am very proud of this show," said Taylor. "By partnering with Peggy Filer and the ASC Sign Language Program, we have created a production that offers deaf audience members a chance to be full participants in an evening of theatre and for our hearing audience it will offer insight into what it is like to be deaf in a world created for the hearing. All the while, we are expanding the idea of what theatre can be."

The production opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, on the Adams State Main Stage; and continues at 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 1, 2, and 3; with a 2 p.m. matinee on September 27 and October 4. Tickets go on sale September 14. For reservations contact the Box Office at 719-587-8499. Tickets are $9 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

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