PRLog - April 7, 2014 - HOLLYWOOD -- Deaf West Theatre brings Teater Manu, Norway’s professional sign language theater company, to the U.S. for the first time with a black comedy about three women living on different floors of the same luxurious high-rise. Although they have never met, the trio is inter-connected by their secrets, a man and a feisty email conversation. It’s a story as truthful as life, love and jealousy itself, filled with forbidden emotions, desire and passion.
In order to make the production accessible to an American audience, Deaf West sent a team of ASL Masters to Norway to translate the play into an International Sign Language/American Sign Language hybrid. The actors will be voiced in English.
“Most people don’t realize that not all sign languages are alike,” says Deaf West artistic director David J. Kurs. “Because of our facility with body language and non-manual expression, an area that deaf actors truly excel at, we’re able to learn other sign languages quickly. I’m grateful for opportunities for cross-cultural learning and exchange that allow us to expand our understanding of deaf people and their place in other cultures.”