Deaf Spotlight Partners with ACTLab to Present a Short Play Festival Entirely in American Sign Language

ACTLab Deaf Spotlight will partner with ACTLab to present their first-ever short play festival developed by Deaf artists and performed entirely in American Sign Language (ASL). The festival will run February 15-17, 2019 with a preview performance on February 14. The festival was created by Deaf Spotlight with the goal of providing local Deaf artists more theatrical work and visibility. “We want audiences to see the unparalleled artistry of the Deaf community and American Sign Language,” says Executive Director Patty Liang, “and we want to give Deaf theatergoers the fully inclusive experience they deserve.”

Each performance will feature six ten-minute plays written by Deaf artists and starring Deaf actors. English captions will be used for all performances and there will be a DeafBlind-interpreted performance to ensure accessibility for all audiences. The plays will be directed by acclaimed Deaf theatre artists Jules Dameron, Monique Holt, and Ryan Schlecht. Dameron is an award-winning film director and company member of The Deaf Gang, an organization founded by Joshua Castille that is dedicated to training Deaf actors. Holt is a recent contributor to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Schlecht earned a Gregory Award nomination for his role as Nick Bottom in Sound Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Short Play Festival runs February 15-17, 2019 in The Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street in downtown Seattle. There will be one preview performance on February 14. All performances will be performed in ASL with English subtitles. DeafBlind interpretation will be available on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Tickets may be purchased at acttheatre.org, by phone at 206.292.7676, or at the ACT Ticket Office at 700 Union Street.

About Deaf Spotlight

Deaf Spotlight is a nonprofit organization that inspires and showcases Deaf culture and American Sign Language through the arts. Serving the Pacific Northwest, Deaf Spotlight fosters artistic and cultural awareness in a variety of mediums, including cinema, visual arts, and performing arts. It is the creator of the nationally renowned Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF) and previously produced three full-length theatrical productions by Deaf writers and directors.

About ACTLab

Launched in 2007 as The Central Heating Lab, ACTLab serves as an incubator and catalyst for new works. Uniquely positioned to provide the space and resources to the development of projects in a collaborative environment, ACT partners with emerging and seasoned local artists, giving them the sustenance and pressure required to experiment, grow, and transform their work and reach new audiences. ACTLab presents artists working in all performance genres and provides an artistic home for a variety of local performance groups and artists like The Seagull Project, Pratidhwani, and UMO Ensemble.