Cherry Lane Theatre Will Present An American Sign Language Interpreted Performance Of FIRST LOVE Today

Cherry Lane Theatre Will Present An American Sign Language Interpreted Performance Of FIRST LOVE Today

Cherry Lane Theatre (Seri Lawrence, Janio Marrero, Co-Artistic Directors) will present a sign-language-interpreted performance of their current production of Charles Mee's FIRST LOVE, directed by Kim Weild, on Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm.

"As a director with a history of collaborating with Deaf artists, who actively seeks to make diverse, accessible and inclusive theatre, I am beyond thrilled Cherry Lane Theatre is offering an ASL interpreted performance of FIRST LOVE. Their commitment is a welcoming, inclusive decision that will not only expand their audience but also exposes hearing audiences to a rich, vital, potent and very alive language. The visual poetry of ASL is a perfect fit with the poetry of Charles Mee's writing." -First Love director Kim Weild

"Cherry Lane is dedicated to making theatre accessible for as many people as possible, we are thrilled and honored to bring in sign language interpreters for this production of Charles Mee's First Love." -Cherry Lane Theatre's Janio Marrero

A couple in their sixties meet and fall in love for the first time in their lives. Through the eyes of celebrated playwright Charles Mee, First Love embraces Edith and Harold as they work their way toward one another through the accumulated baggage of their lives, wondering if they can avoid sabotaging the last chance for love they'll ever have.

The cast includes: Michael O'Keefe (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee, Films: The Great Santini, Caddyshack. TV: "HomeLand," "Sneaky Pete," "Roseanne." Broadway: Reckless, Side Man), Angelina Fiordellisi (Broadway: Zorba. National Tour: Annie. NYC: Out of the Mouths of Babes, Snow Orchid, The Traveling Lady, Catch the Butcher) and Taylor Harvey (Regional: The Heart of Robin Hood, The Clean House, Nine). The show features a set design by Edward Pierce (Broadway: Wicked, Amazing Grace), costume design by Theresa Squire (Broadway: High Fidelity), lighting design by Paul Miller (Broadway: Amazing Grace) and sound design by Christian Frederickson (SITI Theatre's Antigone, Trojan Women), casting by Stephanie Klapper and production stage manager is Nicole Kuker.

First Love began performances on June 7 and will run through July 8 at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street). Tickets are $65-$95 and are available at www.cherrylanetheatre.org or by calling Ovation Tix at 1.866.811.4111.


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