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National Theatre of the Deaf
To Present ‘Oh, Figaro!
MAILED: Feb. 6, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf will present "Oh, Figaro!" — a new romantic comedy based on the classic French farces "The Barber of Seville" and "The Marriage of Figaro" — Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A timeless battle of the sexes adapted to 21st-century New York, the Artists Series performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
Throughout its 35-year history the National Theatre of the Deaf has opened new doors in language and imagination. The professional ensemble of deaf and hearing actors invites the audience into the hearts and minds of characters by presenting their journeys in two languages — American Sign Language and spoken English. This double-sensory style enables audiences to see words as they are spoken. The beauty and power of this form has expanded the boundaries of theatrical expression and has made an original contribution to the advancement of professional theater.
A Tony Award winner in 1977 for theatrical excellence, the National Theatre of the Deaf has received critical acclaim for its adaptations of the classics as well as for original works created by the company. NTD has collaborated with such artists as Peter Brook, Colleen Dewhurst, Marcel Marceau, Chita Rivera, Jason Robards, Bill Irwin, Arvin Brown and Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.
The company has given over 7,000 performances in 30 countries. In 1986, the NTD became the first Western theater ensemble to tour the People's Republic of China. In 1992 it was one of four national theater companies chosen to tour and perform in South Africa following the easing of sanctions.
The National Theatre of the Deaf has been nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album For Children, for its storytelling CD of Ogden Nash's "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," read by John Lithgow. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will present the awards Feb. 23.
Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The program is administered by the Activities and Programs office.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 5, 2003