‘Superstar’ in sign language, Thu., Dec. 4

The HeArd, "Godspell, 2005

The HeArd members Merry Beth Pietila, Vince Reddy and Erin LaFountain interpret Godspell at Near West Theatre in 2005.

It’s a Near West Theatre tradition since 2003: One performance of our fall show is dramatically interpreted in American Sign Language. It’s an art unto itself that you should check out whether you know sign language or not. Members of a Cleveland-area dramatic signing troupe, The HeArd, will interpret the regular 7:30 p.m. performance of Jesus Christ Superstar this Thursday, Dec. 4. Tickets are priced as usual ($20 Star Seat, $10 general adult, $8 general child); just indicate when ordering or arriving that you want to sit in the sign-language section. The interpreters sit near the front, face the audience and deliver much more than a translation of sung and spoken words. Not only has the troupe learned the show, but each member has learned specific roles to play throughout the performance. They take their own emotional journeys, exchange dialogue, sign together in ensemble moments — presenting, in essence, an additional version of the play at the same time as the main-stage show. You can focus on either one, or, as I’ve experienced it, amazingly, pick up aspects of both at the same time. At the end of the business day on Dec. 3, about 120 tickets were still available for the Thursday performance. You can reserve online anytime or by phone, 216-961-6391 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Any unsold tickets are available at the door, 3800 Bridge Ave., starting 1 hour before show time. — Hans Holznagel


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