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November 1, 2005

Tickets for A Show of Hands: A Celebration of Deaf Theatre are SOLD OUT!

From: A Show of Hands Theatre Company - Nov 1, 2005

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Tickets for A Show of Hands: A Celebration of Deaf Theatre are SOLD OUT!

Boston, MA [November 1, 2005] – Tickets have been sold out for A Show of Hands: A Celebration of Deaf Theatre, a three-day event celebrating the work of Deaf theatre co-presented by VSA arts of Massachusetts and A Show of Hands Theatre Company. The show, which will be held Nov. 17-19 in Boston, showcases distinguished American Deaf theatre artists and their work. Performances will be presented in American Sign Language (ASL), along with panel discussions and working with local schools for children’s activities. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend at one time or another throughout the weekend.

Award-winning actors Phyllis Frelich and Bernard Bragg are the prestigious Guest Presenters for the event. Performers include Terrylene, Peter Cook, CJ Jones, Rosa Lee Gallimore, The Wings Company from Moscow, The Last Con (Howie Seago and Nat Wilson) and Theatre of the Silence from Hong Kong. In addition, students from the Scranton State School for the Deaf in Pennsylvania will present a show, and A Show of Hands Theatre Company will provide a slapstick comedy show for younger audience members.

“It’s our hopes that we’ll bring both well-established and newer performers together to truly celebrate the magic of Deaf theatre,” said Janis Cole, festival co-chair. “Deaf theatre is a pivotal part of Deaf history, not just here in Massachusetts but every where in the world, too. That’s why we’ve tried to bring in performers from every part of the nation, and from other countries as well.”

“To look at the acting resumes of these performers is staggering,” said Bonnie Kaplan, festival co-chair. “To see them all in one place at the same time is a historical moment that will hopefully change many lives forever, especially the lives of young people. The fact that we have sold out our tickets nearly a month in advance and have had over 85,000 hits on our web site in only four months shows just how much of a prestigious and exciting event this promises to be.”

The festival will be held at the Roxbury Center for the Arts Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Mass. For information or to be placed on the waiting list for tickets, please visit or e-mail

Sponsored by:
VSA arts of Massachusetts, A Show of Hands Theatre Company, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Sorenson VRS, Sprint, William Raveis Realtor, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Nat McCully, Massachusetts Deaf Awareness Committee, VSA arts, Pepere Says Anyone Can!, MassRelay, and StageSource.

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