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January 24, 2005

National Theatre of the Deaf Announces January 26th Performace at Saint Joseph College

From: NTD - Jan 24, 2005


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December 5, 2004 CALL PAMELA C. HOLDEN

860-236-4193 ext. 3015


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*Hartford, CT, December 6, 2004*- The Hartford based National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD), announces their 2005 season premiere of The Little Theatre of the Deaf's (LTD) /Fingers Around the World./ The performance will be held at the Carol Autorino Center at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT on Wednesday, January 26^th at 7:30 PM.

The/ Fingers Around the World/ series spans across five continents of the globe. This season, the LTD's first finger points to the mysterious Orient, featuring the Far East's adaptation of /Alice in Wonderland/. The LTD actors take the audience on a journey into the Wonderland of the East in addition to tidbits of culture and history for the young and young at heart. The audience not only meets some old friends from Lewis Carroll's beloved classic, but also is entertained by short folktales from different countries in the region. Distinguished by a unique theatrical style, the performances are in two languages- American Sign Language and spoken English. The Company has created a new dramatic art form, which speaks with voices of beauty and power- one for the ear and one for the eye. You Hear _and _See every word.

Founded in Connecticut in 1967, NTD productions provide the opportunity for the majority hearing community to be stimulated by the skills and artistry of the minority Deaf community. This continues to be the best vehicle for breaking down stereotypes that exist regarding minorities. In thirty-eight years, there have been 64 national tours with visits to all 50 states, 30 international tours and over 7,000 performances; earning NTD its place in theatrical history as the oldest, continually producing, professional touring theatre company in the United States.

"As part of our goal to establish a local presence, we at NTD are excited about the joint programming with Saint Joseph College," said Dr. Paul L. Winters, Executive Director.

Saint Joseph College (SJC) was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide higher education opportunities for women. SJC has remained true to this vision, offering students solid professional training grounded in a tradition rich in liberal arts. Live arts experiences are an essential part of a liberal arts education. Since opening the doors, The Carol Autorino Center has become a vibrant part of the college community and the Greater Hartford arts scene. Performing arts events, family theatre events, art gallery exhibitions, performances by regional arts groups, and a host of college events now fill the Center calendar each week. Through its extensive programming options, The Center serves both the academic needs of the College and the cultural needs of the greater community.

Robert Smith, Director of the Carol Autorino Center said "The new Carol Autorino Center at Saint Joseph College is honored to be offering the distinctive performances and rich tradition of the National Theatre of the Deaf to Greater Hartford audiences."

Tickets will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for faculty and staff and $5 for children and SJC students.
For more ticket information, please contact Saint Joseph College, Driscoll Box Office at (860) 231-5555.