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This edition: "Spring Awakening"

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 9, 2015.

First aired: October 31, 2015.

Theater Talk focusses on Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre's stunning musical revival now on Broadway. This radical reinterpretation of the TONY-winning musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1890 play features both deaf and hearing actors in this story about sexual repression and adolescent angst in pre-World War I Germany.

Guests include Michael Arden, who conceived and directed this new production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's 2006 rock musical, which makes the story not only about young people struggling with societal restraints and their burgeoning sexuality, but the additional problem of deaf adolescents in a hearing community unwilling to communicate with them. Actors Alex Boniello, Daniel Durant, Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim also appear on our show, along with Jack Jason, who serves as the ASL interpreter for both Matlin and Durant.

Guest List

Michael Arden Director, “Spring Awakening”

Alex Boniello Actor, Singer & Musician, “Spring Awakening”

Daniel N. Durant Actor, “Spring Awakening”

Jesse Green Guest Co-host & Theater Critic, New York Magazine

Jack Jason ASL Interpreter

Camryn Manheim Actress, “Spring Awakening”

Marlee Matlin Actress, “Spring Awakening”

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