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The Deaf Duckling April 17 at Dordt College

April 6, 2006

Deaf Duckling

The Deaf Duckling, an adaptation of a fairytale with a young girl born deaf to a hearing family, will be presented by the Mixed Blood Theatre Company on Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in Dordt College’s Classroom Building C160. This performance is sponsored by the CoCurricular Committee at Dordt College, and there is no cost to attend.

The Deaf Duckling is the story of discovering one’s place in the world and the beauty of one’s individuality. Designed for both deaf and hearing audiences, the 45 minute play is an exuberant adaptation of a fairytale that, with great tenderness and humor, reveals the child’s growing awareness of the possibilities that come with inclusion in a vibrant but often overlooked deaf culture.

The play fully integrates American Sign Language (ASL) into the performance by a talented cast of one deaf and two hearing actors. Each of the animated and energetic cast members are bilingual virtuosos, producing an effortless integration of signed and spoken communication in this presentation unmatched by any other touring show.

The Deaf Duckling is affirming for some, eye-opening for others, and entertaining for both children and adults. It provides a captivating, joyful look at another element of American culture that has received rave reviews from hearing and deaf audiences alike. Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis, is a multi-racial professional theater company promoting cultural pluralism, individual equality and artistic excellence.

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