Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—who’s going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music, and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language. A moving and surprising play from a rising star of the British theatre.
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One of the best shows Washington will see in 2014.
Absolutely terrific. A wonderful play and wonderfully performed.
For Tribes rehearsals, Studio hired Tyrone Giordano as the Director of Artistic Sign Language to assist with the challenges particular to producing a play that is in both English and American Sign Language. A former professional actor, Giordano is a translator and an adjunct professor with Gallaudet University’s Deaf Studies Department.Read More
Tribes sound designer Ryan Rumery returns to Studio having previously designed Frozen for Studio 2ndStage. Rumery, who also works as a musician and composer, spoke with Artistic Apprentice Elizabeth Dinkova about his process and the interaction and collaboration between the different design elements.Read More
Like the intellectually raucous, creative clan at the center of Tribes, playwright Nina Raine holds an impressive artistic pedigree—she’s the daughter of a poet and a literary scholar, with an ancestry sprinkled with novelists, linguists, and Impressionist painters—but the spark for the play came not from her family, but a documentary.Read More