A Show of Hands, performed by the National Theatre of the Deaf acting company, will bring the beauty and power of American Sign Language to the Loudoun County Public Library on Tuesday, Mar. 22.
2pm performance will take place at Rust Library while a 7pm performance is slated for Cascades Library.
The production features an innovative set design that explores the nature of American Sign Language communication in a fun environment, sprinkled with poems, fables, and improvisation. Concealed behind a slotted curtain, actors poke their hands out to create scenery, tell stories, make jokes, and teach American Sign Language. Audience members are welcome to meet the actors and director after each performance.
Touring the nation and the world for over 45 years, the National Theatre of the Deaf is the longest existing touring company in the United States. The acting company is comprised of deaf and hearing actors. Each performance unfolds simultaneously in two languages; one for the eye, American Sign Language, and one for the ear, the Spoken Word.
NTD has performed in all 50 states, on all seven continents, on the Disney Channel, on Sesame Street, at the White House, for royalty the world over, and on Broadway. In 1967 when NTD began, Sign Language was seen as a stigma, and the talents of deaf people were largely untapped.
For more information, visitÂ library.loudoun.gov.