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October 30, 2006

Dear friends of the National Theatre of the Deaf

From: NTD - Oct 30, 2006

Dear Friend of the National Theatre of the Deaf,

As a subscriber to our email distribution list, we know that you like to stay abreast of what is happening at The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) – the nation’s oldest, continuously performing professional theatre company. As usual, we are very busy.

The Fall 2006 / Spring 2007 Tour of our children’s wing, the Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD), commenced on Monday, October 16th . This year’s production is Next Stop: Africa, the third in our Fingers Around the World! series. In this installment, Alice – of Alice in Wonderland fame – and her friends find wonder and adventure during their journey through the continent of Africa. On Wednesday, October 18^th , NTD performed at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in honor of Helen Keller, one of this year’s inductees. Finally, preparations are underway to celebrate NTD’s 40^th anniversary, a milestone we will reach in 2007.

As I reflect on the last nearly 40 years, so many NTD achievements come to mind:

* Winning a Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence
* Being the first theatre company from the West to perform in the
People’s Republic of China
* Being the first U.S. theatre company to tour South Africa
following the easing of U.N. sanctions
* Introducing millions of children through the years to Deaf culture
and American Sign Language through LTD’s live and television

As I ponder these and many other NTD accomplishments, one thing jumps out at me: None of them would have occurred without the generous financial support of our friends. That is why I would like to announce our recent affiliation with is a website that collects donations for NTD and other non-profit organizations via the Internet. All donation transactions occur in a secure, encrypted environment, and your personal information is not shared with any outside organizations. In fact, gives you the option of donating anonymously. By donating online, you no longer have to write a check, address an envelope, pay postage, and go to a mailbox. With a few quick keystrokes and clicks, your tax-deductible donation is on its way to NTD, and you are onto other things.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I encourage you to click on this link _ _and make an online donation to the National Theatre of the Deaf. Please help NTD harness the power of the Internet to support its programming. With your help, we can continue providing high quality theatre that entertains and educates for another 40 years.


Paul L. Winters, Ph.D.

Executive Director and President

Ps - If you would like to make a donation but prefer not to use the Internet, please mail your check made payable to “The National Theatre of the Deaf” to:

The National Theatre of the Deaf

139 North Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06107