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ASL Productions of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0188  Friday, 17 March 2006

From: 		V. Kerry Inman <
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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 
know.

V. Kerry Inman

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