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“National Theatre of the Deaf to Perform at Loudoun County Public Library March 22”



“National Theatre of the Deaf to Perform at Loudoun County Public Library March 22”


LEESBURG -- A Show of Hands, performed by the National Theatre of the Deaf acting company, will bring the beauty and power of American Sign Language to the Loudoun County Public Library on Tuesday, March 22.

A 2 p.m. performance will take place at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, while a 7 p.m. performance is slated for Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling.

The production features an innovative set design that explores the nature of American Sign Language communication in a fun environment, sprinkled with poems, fables, and improvisation. Concealed behind a slotted curtain, actors poke their hands out to create scenery, tell stories, make jokes, and teach American Sign Language. Audience members are welcome to meet the actors and director after each performance.

Show of Hands was created and developed by the company’s Executive Director Betty Beekman. Touring the nation and the world for over 45 years, the National Theatre of the Deaf is the longest existing touring company in the United States. The acting company is comprised of deaf and hearing actors.  Each performance unfolds simultaneously in two languages; one for the eye, American Sign Language, and one for the ear, the Spoken Word.

NTD has performed in all 50 states, on all seven continents, on the Disney Channel, on Sesame Street, at the White House, for royalty the world over, and on Broadway. In 1967 when NTD began, Sign Language was seen as a stigma, and the talents of deaf people were largely untapped. By placing Sign Language on stage, the National Theatre of the Deaf has created profound social change. Through its art form, doors began to open for the deaf population at large.

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