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November 6, 2006

New York Deaf Theatre Takes New Direction, Seeks Funding

From: New York Deaf Theatre - Nov 6, 2006

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Gary Rosenblatt, General Manager


New York Deaf Theatre Takes New Direction, Seeks Funding

New York City [November 6, 2006] – New York Deaf Theatre has been around for nearly 30 years, but it's now taking a new direction and challenging itself, says theatre director Frank Dattolo. "We've always had outstanding performances, but we've taken a long, hard look at where we've been and where we want to be, and re-examining our challenges."

New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) has had several new board members join the organization in the past few years. "We're raising funds to hire a permanent artistic director through grants and city and state funds," said board member Joshua Finkle. "We're striving to put NYDT back on the map by having two shows annually and fundraisers in between."

NYDT will present "Brilliant Traces," a story of an unexpected guest escaping a wedding into a lodge owner's arms. "We want to provide more shows that appeal to modern-day audiences yet also show how things are done artistically," Dattolo said. "Although we've always been on a shoestring budget, we have a lot of room to play and have incredible potential for expanding our talent, crew, and casts." NYDT will also have a one-night show of "Vagina Monologues," featuring local women, next year. Additionally, the company intends to have two shows a year on a regular basis.

NYDT was established in 1979 by a group of Deaf actors and theatre artists who wanted to create opportunities for the production of a dramatic art form that was not found elsewhere in New York City: plays in American Sign Language (ASL). A nonprofit, professional theatre organization, NYDT is the third oldest Deaf theatre company in America.

"We historically have been pioneers in creating opportunities for Deaf people, and we want to and will continue this," Dattolo added. "It's an exciting time in the company's history, and I'm pleased with where we are today."

"Brilliant Traces" will be presented the first three weekends in December on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Performed in American Sign Language with voice translations, the performances will be at the Gene Frankel Studio in New York City. For more information about NYDT or ticket information, visit

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