The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson tangibly enhances an acclaimed musical about rebellious and repressed adolescents. By cleverly pairing deaf actors who are signing with hearing actors who are singing, Deaf West has made the show the most accessible on Broadway, but also forged it into something theatrically exceptional.
My essay for Howlround: Three Reasons To Cheer Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and One Thing To Hope for the Future
The reasons, in short: 1. strikingly relevant. 2. incorporating sign language and English, hearing and deaf performers, adding depth and beauty. 3. brings accessibility and inclusion to new heights. But not high enough.