The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0188 Friday, 17 March 2006
Date: Thursday, 16 Mar 2006 19:28:45 -0500
Subject: 17.0182 ASL Productions of Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0182 ASL Productions of Shakespeare
>V. Kerry Inman (and others) might like to look at the website below.
>Cleveland Signstage does indeed perform simultaneously in spoken English
>and ASL, using both deaf and hearing actors.
--just a technical point nothing to get out of shape over. I picked up
on "simultaneous" because in deaf education it technically means one
person signing and speaking simultaneously. This is not done with ASL;
it is done with Signed English which to someone who does not know sign,
looks like the same thing. I have seen many productions such as those
cited above where deaf and hearing actors are used in the same
production. But if any part of it is done using a single actor signing
and speaking it is done in signed English, not ASL. This is a technical
distinction; I don't want to get into it here.
In working with deaf students I did in fact use a "simultaneous" method
to produce several scenes from Shakespeare-which would generally be
regarded as not a particularly artistic achievement. I just wanted to
know if the production referred to was ASL translation (which may be
simultaneously done by someone else) or actors both signing (In signed
English) and talking at the same time-which is what I did. I didn't
really want to get into this technical stuff, but I have gotten the
general picture of the production originally referred to.
What would be a real artistic achievement would to be to have A
Shakespeare production done entirely in ASL with "reverse"
interpretation into English. If you ever even hear of this please let me
V. Kerry Inman
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.