OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

One-act Irish comedy interpreted in sign language opens at OSU on Thursday, Dec. 5

11/15/2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “The King of Spain’s Daughter,” a one-act comedy by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall at Oregon State University.

A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis.

Second only to Lady Gregory, Deevy was a prominent Abbey Theatre dramatist of the 1930s. Deevy was deaf and could lip read in three languages. At Oregon State, the production is directed by OSU faculty member Charlotte Headrick, who has a special research interest in Irish drama by women and has published extensively in the field of Irish drama.

For every speaking actor in the production, there will be an interpreting actor using American Sign Language. Headrick said this is the first time a production at Oregon State will be “shadowed” by interpreters using American Sign Language.

Jo Alexander, a nationally certified sign language interpreter who manages accommodations at OSU for hearing-impaired students, faculty, staff, and visitors, will interpret the role of Mrs. Marks working alongside actress Vreneli Farber who is her speaking counterpart.

“The King of Spain’s Daughter” follows Annie Kinsella, a young woman with a rich imagination who has to deal with the limited opportunities for young women in 1930s Ireland. Live music before the performance will be provided by Jean Dick on violin playing traditional Irish tunes with Richelle Jean-Bart performing the title song.

Voiced actors are Rick Wallace as Annie Kinsella’s father Peter, Caitlin Reichmann as Annie Kinsella, Michael Beaton as her love interest Jim Sheridan, and Davey Kashuba as Roddy Mann, the loafer. Actors who are interpreting are Cheryl Witters as Annie, Peter Norland as Peter Kinsella, Tyler Reisnaur as Jim Sheridan, and Steve Rianda as Roddy.

The production is underwritten by the office of the Vice-Provost of Student Affairs with the support of the OSU Theatre.

Tickets for the Lab Theatre production are $5 and $3 for students, and $6/$8 for the Majestic. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.

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