I am officially chosen to act as Peter Quince in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream production in Rochester, NY. What is interesting in this particular production is that it will take place at the Highland Park in the Highland Bowl. There is an outdoor stage at the place. Every year, Rochester has been providing Shakespeare plays at the Highland Bowl during the summer, free to the public. Yet, the unique thing is that my involvement as Peter Quince in this production will be the very first Shakespeare play to include deaf/hard of hearing cast members who will be using American Sign Language (ASL). That has never been shown before at the Highland Bowl site in Rochester's history. So, it will become a big deal this summer. I and several other deaf/hard of hearing actors will use ASL along the hearing cast members who will speak the lines, all at the same time. This will give full access to the hearing and deaf/hard of hearing audience. I am really excited to become part of this historical moment. I am thrilled to just act as Peter outside, which I have never done before. The show will open and run from July 5th - July 19th.
The Shakespeare Players, a program of the Rochester Community Players, is an ongoing theatrical production company that provides Shakespeare theatrical entertainments in the city of Rochester.