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November 19, 2007

Special Ticket offer-- 12-1 ASL Performance by Ty Giordano

From: Deaf Media - Nov 19, 2007

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Please join DEAF Media at the 2nd Annual Special Appearance of Ty Giordano, performing the ASL narration of ODC's "Velveteen Rabbit," Saturday, December 1 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF. (more info below)

Special Ticket offer:

A limited number of $10 tickets (normally $30) are still available for
Deaf children, family and friends
Saturday, December 1 at 1 pm.
Please send check for December 1 tickets only to:
Elizabeth Stone
351 Shotwell St
San Francisco CA 94110

(Please include your name, mailing address, and email.)

Note: These tickets are available ONLY BY MAIL and will not be available at the door.


All tickets for the School Matinee, November 29 at 11 AM are also $10 and should be ordered through

ODC Welcomes a celebrity!
ODC/Dance welcomes back Guest Artist TY GIORDANO for his second season in The Velveteen Rabbit. Highly accomplished, deaf actor Ty Girodano has performed from New York to Hollywood, in film and in the theater. He performs with the ODC cast as the American Sign Language narrator of the Margery William's classic tale of the boy and his rabbit.

Last season ODC committed to making the holiday performance accessible to a larger audience, including programming tailored to deaf children and adults. The result was a great success! Adults and children who had never attended live theater or dance were thrilled with the performance and encouraged ODC to make this a new holiday tradition. ODC has partnered with Berkeley-based DEAF Media, an organization that promotes the work of deaf artists, to help promote the production within the Deaf community and spread the work that Ty is back!

Ty begins rehearsals with KT Nelson, the cast, and his interpreter, Nancy Frishberg this week. In the studio, KT and the dancers incorporate Ty into the cast as the narrator of the story. The opening scene features Ty in a large arm chair signing the voiced-over narration of Geoff Hoyle while one of our young performers from the ODC School dances around him. It's definitely a choreographic challenge to have a non-dancer on the stage throughout the show, but KT's direction allows for a seamless performance.

Since last season, Ty has been busy in Hollywood making a new film, Untraceable, set to be released in 2008. The horror/thriller film stars Diane Lane and the son of Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks. Prior work includes The Family Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton, and A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kushner.

If you've never seen "The Rabbit" or even if you have seen it many times before, be sure to come to the special performances with Guest Artist Ty Giordano and see the production from a whole new perspective! Ty will be performing for a school matinee on Thursday, November 29 at 11 am and on Saturday, December 1 at 1 pm. To buy tickets please click here.

Photo of Ty Giordano rehearsing in the studio with the characters of The Velveteen Rabbit.