See No Beast, Hear No Beast, Speak No Beast
Directed by James Caverly
Story & Script by Members of Deaf Theatre Ohio
The story is very loosely based upon Beauty and the Beast, with some major twists. It’s actually a story about the history of the battle between those who promoted sign language and those who promoted oralism (lipreading and speech) for the deaf: in 1880, at the Second International Congress on Education for the Deaf, it was decided that sign languages would be banned, that deaf children would be forced to learn how lip-read and speak. The play includes characters from Beauty and the Beast, but also people from real life: Edward Minor Gallaudet and Alexander Graham Bell. As with previous ASL/English productions done at Kent Trumbull Theatre, the cast and crew involve students and members of the community, deaf and hearing, signers and signing-impaired. The performance will be done so that all who know either English or ASL can understand it.