Everyman Theatre Announces ASL-Interpreted Performances of TRIBES

Everyman Theatre Announces ASL-Interpreted Performances of TRIBES

Everyman Theatre has announced that it will be performing five ASL-interpreted performances of Nina Raine's award-winning play Tribes. The theatre company will also be offering captioned performances for the first time. There will be two captioned performances during the run of the show. The Baltimore premiere is a hysterical and touching coming-of-age story about a young deaf man and his struggle for self-identity. The production will begin performances on May 27th (its Pay What You Can Performance) and will run through June 22nd.

ASL interpretation will be included on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 27th at 7:30 PM (Pay What You Can Performance)
Friday, May 30th at 8 PM (Opening Night)
Saturday, June 7th at 8 PM (following a sign interpreted panel discussion entitled Finding Your Voice)
Tuesday, June 10th at 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 19h at 7:30 PM (with a post-show discussion)

Captioning will be available on the following dates:
Sunday, June 15th at 2 PM
Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30 PM

As part of its mission to help make the Everyman experience accessible to everyone, the theatre also offers audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision on the following dates:
Saturday, June 7th at 2 PM
Friday, June 13th at 8 PM

Complimentary assistive listening devices are also available at the theatre. Those who are interested in using one of the devices may visit the box office for further assistance.

The theatre company has partnered with Tim McCarty, Artistic Director of Quest Visual Theatre, to serve as the production's Director of Accessibility. Willy Conley, former chairperson of the theatre arts department at Gallaudet University, is serving as the production's Director of Artistic Sign Language. Together, these production staff members have shared best practices for integrating deaf and hard-of-hearing actors into its production process and assisted Everyman as it expands its accessible performances and events for the production of Tribes.

The previously announced John McGinty will play the lead role of Billy in the production. Mr. McGinty, who is himself deaf, is making his Everyman debut with the production. He has played the role of Billy at both Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Guthrie Theater. Mr. McGinty will be joined by Resident Company Members Megan Anderson (The Dresser, Crimes of the Heart) as Sylvia and Deborah Hazlett (The Dresser, The Glass Menagerie) as Beth.

Joining the cast will be Everyman veteran James Whalen as Billy's father, Christopher. Mr. Whalen has been seen in previous Everyman productions such as The Dresser and The Beaux' Stratagem. Annie Grier, who was last seen in Everyman's production of Pygmalion, will play Billy's sister, Ruth. Alexander Strain, who appeared in Everyman's 2006 production of The School for Scandal, will appear as Billy's brother, Daniel.

Tribes will be directed by Everyman's Founding Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi. Performances officially begin on May 28th and will run through June 22nd.

Everyman Theatre is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Everyman Theatre is a member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District.

Everyman Theatre is proud to partner with University of Maryland Medical Center as the Season Sponsor and WYPR 88.1-FM as the Season Media Sponsor. Vic and Nancy Romita are the production sponsors and City Paper is the production's media sponsor.

Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone

Vincent Lancisi is the Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Ian Tresselt is the Managing Director.

For information about Everyman Theatre, visit www.everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.

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