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Thursday, January 30, 2020

NTID Department of Performing Arts and RIT College of Liberal Arts are thrilled to announce the 2020-2021 joint theatrical season. The productions present a wide array of cultural, political, and social issues. Two productions will be presented on the Panara stage, and two productions will be performed in 1510 Lab Theatre.

The season includes:

Conceived and Directed by Guest-Director Omen Sade
October 16-18, 2020
1510 Lab Theatre, LBJ Building

What dreams lurk beneath the surface of your waking thoughts? Find out in SOMNIUM, a devised, physical-theatre piece inspired by the world of classic sci-fi. Confined to a small platform, a team of ìslumber-nautsî trek through the hilarious and dangerous badlands of our collective Dream Scape. SOMNIUM is an exploration of our collective hopes and fears, desires and nightmares, memories and visions. Conceived by NYC-based physical theatre artist Omen Sade, this production makes use of live music, projection art, and physical theatrical techniques including mime, object manipulation, and cinematic theatre.

In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara AlegrÌa Hudes
Directed by Luane Davis-Haggerty
November 13-15, 2020
Robert F. Panara Theatre

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New Yorkís Washington Heights neighborhood--a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Itís a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical.

Written by Deaf playwright, Raymond Luczak
Directed by Fred Beam
February 26-28, 2021
1510 Lab Theatre, LBJ Building

THIS is an elegy to the one person who made a star our of a nobody. Curtis Higgs, a talented dancer cursed with low self-esteem, meets Dwight, a charismatic and funny hard-of-hearing dancer who is incredible onstage and yet exploitative of his friends offstage. It is through the hunger of wanting to be an unmistakable star like Dwight, that Curtis learns the true value of friendship and gains faith in himself. This exciting play was originally presented by Invisible Hands, Inc. at the Gallaudet University Ely Auditorium in 2003.

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Directed by Andy Head
April 16-18, 2021
Robert F. Panara Theatre

New York City in the 1980s. President Reagan sits in the White House while the AIDS crisis rages on. Caught in the middle are a Valium-addicted Mormon and her closeted lawyer husband and two men ripped apart by an AIDS diagnosis. These New Yorkers are desperately fighting for survival as they wrestle with love, politics, and God. Throw in a few ghosts, angels, and the infamous McCarthy-sidekick Roy Cohn and you have a fantastical and heart-breaking story. Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERCA is an epic masterpiece of American drama and is the winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

For more information on the entire season, please visit:

Panara Theatre Productions
Prices: $5.00 for Student, Senior (60+), and Children under age of 12
$10.00 for RIT Faculty/Staff/Alumni
$12.00 for General Public
On-site: RIT University Arenas, 200 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623.
By phone: 585-475-4121
Tickets also will be available on performance days two hours prior to curtain.

1510 Productions
Prices: Free!
Tickets will be released via Eventbrite.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Lyndon Baine Johnson (LBJ) Building (Building 60)
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623

Free parking is available in Lot L.

The Robert F. Panara Theatre is named in honor of Dr. Robert Panara, RITís first Deaf Professor and founder of the NTID Drama Club. A 449 seat auditorium, the theatre has played host to numerous guest artists such as Mikail Baryishnikov, Jane Fonda, Louise Fletcher, Marlee Maitlin, the National Theatre of the Deaf, Phyllis Frelich, Bernard Bragg, Patrick Graybill, Howie Seago, Cleveland SignStage, Annabelle Gamzon, Garth Fagan Dance, Hartford Ballet, Foreigner, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Sean Forbes, American Deaf Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Danielle Ponder, and many others.
The theatre opened its doors on October 3, 1974 with a production of Shakespeareís Taming of the Shrew. Originally called the Experimental Educational Theatre (EET), the theatre program has a rich heritage of offering challenging, entertaining, and provocative works of theatre, all created for both Deaf and hearing audiences. We have produced work in a wide variety of theater styles; Comedy, Musical, Dance, Drama, Classical, Kabuki (Japanese), Experimental, Puppets, and new works by both Deaf and hearing authors.
The 1510 Lab Theatre is our smaller, "blackbox" type of space. In addition to holding classes the space serves as a venue for a variety of experimental, intimate, and student-directed productions.
Numerous successful productions have taken place in this space in a wide variety of theatrical styles. Admission to plays in this space are always free, but due to the popularity of the shows presented here, and because shows tend to fill up fast, we offer advance ticket reservations through Eventbrite--there are no reservations except those made by prior agreement with the House Manager.

Joseph Fox (NTID), Theatre and Tour Manager; Sunshine 2.0
(585) 475-4219 |
Ben Willmott (CoLA), Operations Manager of Performing Arts
(585) 475-4292 |