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William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Synopsis
A production of Twelfth Night in American Sign Language (ASL) with English voice over directed by Peter Novak and performed by the Amaryllis Theatre Company, Philadelphia and other deaf performers.
Language
Sign Language
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2006
Duration
131 mins

Credits

Director
Peter Novak
Production Design
Hiroshi Iwasaki
Costume
Linda Cho
Cast
Catherine RushViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Laurie Nortonvoicing Olivia (Olivia)
Paul SavasOrsino, Duke of Illyria
Paul Savasvoicing Malvolio (Malvolio)
Peter Cook (3)Feste
Alek Friedmanvoicing Antonio (Antonio)
Alek FriedmanSir Andrew Aguecheek
Alek Friedmanvoicing Fabian (Fabian)
Alison Cimmetvoicing Sebastian (Sebastian)
Dennis WebsterSir Toby Belch
Guthrie NutterSebastian
Laurie NortonCurio
Laurie Nortonvoicing Maria (Maria)
Monique HoltMaria
Paul Savasvoicing Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)
Robert de Mayo 

Additional Details

Theatre
Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia
Theatre company
Amaryllis Theatre Company, Philadelphia
Production type
Other
Plays
Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
deaf persons; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); American sign language
Related items
Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’: An American Sign Language Translation

Notes

Notes
The DVD also features optional captions and a menu of each act and scene. Additional materials, including lesson plans, play synopsis, character names in ASL, themes of Twelfth Night, a downloadable and printable copy of the play, essays about Shakespeare’s life and career, ASL translation issues, and more are available at http://www.aslshakespeare.com (accessed 08/2008).
Textual information
Master translator is Adrian Blue.
Reviews
Novak, Peter, ‘Where Lies Your Text?': Twelfth Night in American Sign Language Translation’ in Shakespeare Survey 61: Shakespeare, Sound and Screen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). p. 74-90.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.aslshakespeare.com

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