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Theater, Adapted

  • By: Tyrone Giordano
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Almost all theatre done by and with deaf performers in America falls under the category of adapted theatre, which has multiple definitions. A theatrical adaptation is generally defined as a theatrical work that is generated from or inspired by another form or genre, such as a poem or a film. Adapted theatre can also mean a type of intercultural theatre where source material moves either towards, or away from the target audience cultural norms. Another definition of adapted theatre indicates modifications made to a theatrical production to accommodate a population different from the norm, whether onstage or in the audience. Adapted theatre in the case of the American Deaf community typically means works of written literature or drama that are adapted into sign language, ...

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