SPRING AWAKENING's White House Performance Will Be Live-Streamed on 11/18

By: Nov. 13, 2015
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On Wednesday, November 18, the cast of Deaf West Theatre's acclaimed Broadway production of Spring Awakening, along with writers Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik and director Michael Arden, will travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the White House as part of a convening on Americans with disabilities and the arts, a celebration of diversity and inclusion.

Spring Awakening's full cast, including Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim and Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Marlee Matlin, will perform several songs from the show in the White House South Court Auditorium and lead a workshop. Attendees will include 100 local students from the DC area.

"The White House Convening on Americans with Disabilities and the Arts: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion" will be live-streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live from 4:00-7:00PM EST on Wednesday, November 18.

This event, part of the 25th anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary year of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), will highlight opportunities and innovative practices for Americans with disabilities to be employed in and participate in the arts. Other participants include Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Greg Renier, Director of Theater, National Endowment for the Arts.

Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, is currently playing on Broadway in a limited engagement through Sunday, January 24 only at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).

The complete cast of Spring Awakening is Robert Ariza, Miles Barbee, Katie Boeck, Alex Boniello, Joshua Castille, Lizzy Cuesta, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Grandillo, Elizabeth Greene, Russell Harvard, Amelia Hensley, Van Hughes, Lauren Luiz, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim,Daniel Marmion, Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Marlee Matlin, Austin P. McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Patrick Page, Ren, Krysta Rodriguez, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse.

Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying pop/rock score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. An extraordinary creative team including Michael Arden and Spencer Liff has reinvented the groundbreaking musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth in true Deaf West style.

Spring Awakening is produced by Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold, David J. Kurs, and Deaf West Theatre, with Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran, Chockstone Pictures, Caiola Productions, Marguerite Hoffman, H. Richard Hopper, LearyTodd Productions, MarKolTop Productions, R&D Theatricals, Brian Cromwell Smith, Invisible Wall Productions, Monica Horan Rosenthal, and Associate Producer Kayla Greenspan.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus