ICC S.I.G.N. Club Hosts National Theatre of the Deaf May 9

Illinois Central College Sign Language Interpreters Growth and Networking (S.I.G.N.) Club will host two performances by the National Theatre of the Deaf on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm, in the ICC Performing Arts Center.

The National Theatre of the Deaf is based in Connecticut and has been touring the world for more than 45 years, making it the longest existing touring company in the United States. These performances are appropriate for an audience comprised of all ages, both deaf and hearing.

The show consists of two performances, each lasting approximately 50 minutes and comprised of both deaf and hearing actors. The performances are simultaneously done in two languages – one for the eyes in American Sign Language, and one for the ear, done is the Spoken word. The first performance is “A Show of Hands,” which explores what happens when facial expressions ─ key elements in American Sign Language communication ─are hidden from view. The second performance is “Diaries of Adam and Eve,” which follows Adam and Eve through a humorous take on the male/female relationship from the beginning to the bittersweet end in their new world of the Garden of Eden (Upstate New York).

Pre-sale tickets are available through Friday, May 8, and cost $20 for adults aged 18 and older, $15 for students with ID, $10 for children aged 6-17, and children younger than 5 are free. To order a pre-sale ticket, mail a check to Jenny Meyer, 308 Sherwood Park Rd., Washington, IL 61571. Names will be added to the “will call” list, and tickets can be picked up upon arrival for the performance. Tickets at the door will be $5 additional for all age ranges.

For more information on the National Theatre of the Deaf, visit ntd.org. For more information on the Sign Language Interpreter Program or the S.I.G.N. Club at ICC, call (309) 694-5-ICC.