Alumni eNewsletter: Theatre Arts Presents Visible Language, A Musical (Archives)

Visible Language

Book and lyrics by Mary Resing
Music by Andy Welchel

All singing! All signing!

A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every Deaf person in America

Right here in Washington, DC, in the volatile 1890s, two powerful and egotistical men—Alexander Graham Bell and Edward Miner Gallaudet—clashed over how the Deaf should be taught to communicate. That contest was to impact every Deaf person thereafter. This new bilingual musical tells that momentous story through the real people who lived it, including a young girl named Helen Keller, just beginning to learn what it means to be a woman in an era of progress.

All performances will be in American Sign Language (ASL) and English,
and all performances will be captioned. The performance November 1 at 2 pm will be audio described.

A joint production of WSC Avant Bard and the Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gallaudet University and the 25th anniversary of Avant Bard (

Directed by Tom Prewitt
Musical Direction by Elisa Rosman

October 21 to November 16, 2014

Opening Night: Friday, October 24 | 7:30 pm

Thursday–Saturday through November 15 | 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees* through November 16 | 2 pm

Pay What You Can previews: October 21–23 | 7:30 pm
Pay What You Can Saturday matinees: October 25 – November 15 | 2 pm

*Sunday matinees will be followed by Unscripted Afterchats featuring members of the creative team and special guests.

Eastman Studio Theatre, Elstad Annex, Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Metro: NoMa–Gallaudet (Red). Free parking on campus.

General admission is $30 on Thursdays and Fridays; $35 on Saturday evenings and Sundays.

Order tickets online at or call 703-418-4808 (v).

Posted: 1 Oct 2014

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