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June 4, 2004

Wheelock Family Theatre bringing new play to the stage

From: Allston Brighton TAB, MA - Jun 4, 2004

PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre at the Wheelock Family Theatre is helping preserve deaf stories and enhancing deaf history with The Island Project, a multi-disciplinary program involving students, teachers, artists and theater professionals, funded in part by the Peabody Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and VSA Arts of Massachusetts.

"A Nice Place to Live," a new play by Catherine Rush and Adrian Blue, is the resulting show piece that has toured the Cape and Islands and will be performed at Wheelock Family Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 and 11 a.m. on Monday, June 7. The June 6 performance is open to the public, and the June 7 show is available for school attendance.

The performances include nine deaf and three hearing students.

To encourage the use of drama as a vehicle for teaching history, the Wheelock Family Theatre selected a team of highly qualified artists and teachers to develop a 10-week curriculum based on a unique period of time in the history of the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Seventy students from The Horace Mann School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Brighton and The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham have been combining social studies and history with American Sign Language storytelling and poetry. During the April school vacation, nine of those students, cast in the play traveled to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard for staged readings at the Harwich Junior Theatre and the Vineyard Playhouse.

For additional information, contact Charles Baldwin ( at 617-879-2147 or Jody Steiner ( at 617-879-2148.

The Wheelock Family Theatre is located at 200 The Riverway, Boston.

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