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'Doctor Who' writer Toby Whithouse talks creating deaf characters on television

Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2015

In a season packed with two-part episodes, Doctor Who just concluded a notable one. Thriller “Under the Lake”/ “Before the Flood” sent the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to an underwater mining facility run by the no-nonsense Cass, played by deaf actress Sophie Stone. At New York Comic Con on Saturday, writer Toby Whithouse (Being Human) told EW that he’s been “delighted” by fans’ response to both Stone and her character.

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By BWW News Desk

October 20
Deaf West Theatre hosts a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich tonight, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70.

"Phyllis was a beloved figure within the deaf community, and it felt appropriate that we host a service," said Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs. "She starred in our inaugural production of The Gin Game in 1990 and figured in our productions numerous times over the years. In addition to her many starring roles, she directed, taught acting, and was for many years an activist for equal access for all deaf performers."

Ms. Frelich is perhaps best remembered for her groundbreaking role as a deaf woman in a relationship with a hearing man in Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff. Inspired by Ms. Frelich's real-life marriage to scenic designer Robert Steinberg, the play received the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play, and Ms. Frelich and co-star John Rubinsteincaptured Tonys for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.

This 2004 photo shows actress Phyllis Frelich in New York. Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of 'Children of a Lesser God,' died Thursday at age 70.


Frelich was the inspiration for 'Children of a Lesser God' and won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf

woman at the heart of the play.

Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” has died. She was 70.

Frelich died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif., her husband, Robert Steinberg, said.

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Kristin ChenowethSinger/actress Kristin Chenoweth was left stunned after learning she had a crystal in her inner ear during a visit to her doctor. The Glee star suffers from Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that can affect hearing and balance, and reveals her physician discovered the unusual object during one of her check-ups.

In an interview with U.S. talk show host Jay Leno, she explains, "So I went to the inner ear doctor, sometimes they do these manoeuvres where they throw you into these positions to get these little bones out of your scotch tape. Basically, your inner ear is like scotch tape and you know how things get attached and then they fall off and your scotch tape gets a little dull, that's what I have inside my head... "What he does is stick this little, tiny camera down your ear and on this TV screen on the wall, you can see what's in your ear. (Then), he'll take a little vacuum and suck things out and I saw on the wall and he said, 'Kristin, this is a lot of debris' and I said, 'I know, I know.'

He went in and started getting everything out and all of a sudden we look and through the fog of all the other debris... he says, 'What is that?' and I say, 'What is that?' and he said, 'It's shiny...' (and) I said, 'It's pink.' He said, 'Be very still, I can't get it with this vacuum, I'm going to have to get tongs.' He went in there, he pulled it, it was a bedazzle (jewel)." Chenoweth was even able to verify the crystal came from her sparkly cell phone case. She explains, "He goes, 'Is that from a costume?' and I said, 'I think it's from my phone.' I pulled out my phone and there was a bedazzle missing. He said he never seen that in his career."

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