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TRIBES Coming to Studio Theatre



By Nina Raine
Directed by David Muse

“The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years.”
The Wall Street Journal 

Billy, a deaf man whose hearing family has never listened to him, comes to define his identity on his own terms in this sophisticated drama about family, belonging, and the limitations of language.

About The Play
Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—who’s going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music, and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language.  A moving and surprising play from a rising star of the British theatre, presented in cooperation with Gallaudet University.

“A smart, lively and beautifully acted new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.” —The New York Times

“It's the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring – and funniest – new play in recent years.” —The Wall Street Journal

Tribes is underwritten by Joan and David Maxwell.

Accessible Performances

Friday, January 10 at 8pm                                                                 Sign interpreted performance
Sunday, January 12 at 2pm                                                               Sign interpreted press opening
Sunday, January 12 at 7pm                                                                Sign interpreted donor opening
Thursday, January 16 at 8pm                                                            Captioned performance
Sunday, January 19 at 2pm                                                               Sign interpreted performance (After Show Discussion)
Saturday, January 25 at 2pm                                                            Sign interpreted performance
Saturday, February 1 at 2pm                                                             Sign interpreted performance (After Show Discussion)
Saturday, February 1 at 8pm                                                             Captioned performance
Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm                                                             Sign interpreted performance
Wednesday, February 12 at 8pm                                                     Captioned performance
Sunday, February 16 at 2pm                                                             Audio described performance
Sunday, February 23 at 7pm                                                             Sign interpreted performance

Box Office

V/TTY 202-667-8436

1501 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

The Cast
Christopher: Michael Tolaydo
Beth: Nancy Robinette
Ruth: Annie Funke
Daniel: Richard Gallagher
Billy: James Caverly
Sylvia: Helen Cespedes

The Creative Team
Director: David Muse
Set Designer: Wilson Chin
Lighting Designer: Matthew Richards
Costume Designer: Kathleen Geldard
Sound Designer: Ryan Rumery
Projections Designer: Erik Trester
Director of Artistic Sign Language: Tyrone Giordano
Dramaturg: Lauren Halvorsen

Nina Raine
English playwright, author, and director Nina Raine began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre after graduating from Oxford. She dramaturged and directed Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman (TMA Best Director Award, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). Her debut play, Rabbit, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and transferred to the West End before going to New York. Rabbitwon the Charles Wintour Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Nina also directed her second play, Tiger Country, at Hampstead Theatre. She directed Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre, later transferring to the West End, and Shades (Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer). Her commission for the Royal Court Theatre, Tribes, directed by Roger Michell, won an Offie award and was nominated for Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play. Tribes in New York won the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. She directed Longing by William Boyd at Hampstead Theatre in January 2013.

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