The National Theatre of the Deaf, now in its 30th season, is a company of deaf and hearing actors who combine Sign Language with spoken words to create a theatrical medium that enables audiences to see and hear every word. Hearing members create the voices for every character, while the rest of the cast uses Sign Language to expressively portray their roles.
Curiouser and Curiouser is an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland" stories. The play transports audiences to Carroll's mid-19th century photography studio where his young neighbor, Alice, is asked to sit perfectly still to have her photo taken. As Alice sits, her mind starts to reel and she becomes the author of her own adventures, conjuring up the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Jabberwock, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and other characters that get curiouser and curiouser.
The role of Alice is portrayed by Jorjan Jeter, an 11 year-old deaf girl from Michigan. Andy Vasnick, a founding member of the Company, plays the part of Lewis Carroll. Deaf since the age of four, he is a former faculty member of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C, and was the director of the National Theatre of the Deaf's Professional Theatre School for 13 years. Nine other adult actors round out the cast. Their rigorous national tour includes 30 cities in 18 states.
In addition to Sign Language and spoken words, the production features original music by Ira Mitchell and choreography by Michael Tracy of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. The National Theatre of the Deaf's production of Curiouser and Curiouser is the final performance of the 1996-1997 Hamilton Performing Arts Series. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315 859-4057.