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Here, All Dwell Free

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5:00pm-6:00pm ET

The Program in Educational Theatre presents a virtually produced and pre-recorded musical adaptation of The Handless Maiden, a modern-ancient epic following the healing journey of a young woman violently betrayed. Grounded in aesthetics of access, her world is explored through a visual and gestural vernacular rooted in American Sign Language (ASL).

Over the course of the spring semester, an international ensemble of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing members of the University actively re-imagined what it means to collaborate in accessible and artful ways.

Absent a common theatre space during the COVID-19 pandemic, our artistic community explored and rehearsed via Zoom. Then each person independently recorded themselves and the actors' and musicians’ raw assets were then mixed and edited by NYU faculty and alumni. On the first and last streaming days, Norah Matthews (Director of Artistic Sign Language) will host post-show conversations with members of the cast and creative team.

Here, All Dwell Free streams on demand Thursday, June 3 through Monday, June 7. It runs 60 minutes.


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