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HTY's ‘Can You Hear My Hands’ Explores Deaf Community

HTY's ‘Can You Hear My Hands’ Explores Deaf Community

HTY’s Groundbreaking ‘Can You Hear My Hands’ Invites Hearing Audiences into the Deaf Community

HONOLULU (September 20, 2016)—Visual poetry explodes this fall as a company of deaf and hearing actors bring a dynamic world of gesture, expression, humor and language to the Honolulu Theatre for Youth stage.

Can You Hear My Hands, created by Ed Chevy and the HTY Company, opens Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m., then plays Saturdays, October 15, 22 and Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Chevy, a renowned deaf performer and musician, and sign interpreter Michele Morris take the audience through a one hour journey into the world of deaf culture, where they’ll learn a little sign language, listen to fascinating stories about the experience of being deaf and laugh and “sing” along with the performers.

            Director Eric Johnson said, “Whether this is your first introduction to Deaf culture or you are deaf yourself, this performance is designed to be an entirely original introduction to the Deaf community. Visual communication, facial expressions and gesture are all vocabulary that we use every day but Deaf artists, like Ed, take those forms of expression and make them art.”

            Set and props design is by Jennifer Eccles; lighting design is by Brian Shevelenko; costume designers are Rose and Carlynn Wolfe; sound designer is Paul James Prendergast.

            Can You Hear My Hands will be performed at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. It is ideal for ages 8 and up. Single tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for youth (18 and under) and $15 for seniors (over 60). For more information, to receive a season brochure, order tickets to a show or learn more about HTY's educational programming call 839-9885. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.htyweb.org.

            Honolulu Theatre for Youth is Hawaii’s non-profit professional theatre company providing theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s young people and families. Founded in 1955, HTY is recognized the world over as one of America’s most honored theatres.

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