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May 27, 2005

Online Chat to Discuss Performing Arts in the Deaf Community

From: Gallaudet - May 27, 2005

Washington Post Online Chat to Discuss Performing Arts in the Deaf Community

WASHINGTON – Members of the Gallaudet community will take part in an upcoming online chat focusing on performing arts accessibility to the deaf and hard of hearing. will carry the lively discussion, scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2005.

Joining the chat will be cast members of the production, "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The play is currently enjoying a successful run at Ford's Theatre in Washington. The talk will spotlight this innovative production, which includes deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors in a synchronized performance that utilizes spoken English, American Sign Language (ASL), gestures, dance and song. "Big River" allows deaf and hearing artists and audiences to share their cultures in a seamless fashion.

To leave a question or comment in advance of the discussion, follow this link to the Washington Post Discussion page:

The Big River discussion site should be available and ready to accept questions or comments by Saturday, May 28. Please look at the left column for a "Big River" heading or check "Weekly Schedule," on the right column, then click "w" for Wednesday.

All are welcome to join the LIVE conversation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. If you are available, please follow the same link as above and it will take you to the site.


About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.