Providing insights into the many ways deaf and hearing people can engage and interact is one of the goals of Sunshine 2.0, a traveling theatrical troupe from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT/NTID is the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The four-member group will be at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for performances at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The performances -- free and suitable for all ages -- are part of Gallaudet Dance Company’s “Icons and Inspirations” program.
Sunshine 2.0 performances involve the use of movement, juggling, magic and other physical elements to entertain and educate audiences about the deaf experience—information that is shared through a range of skits and short plays involving sign-mime, dance, gestures, ASL poetry, songs and storytelling. All performances are presented in sign language and spoken English to provide full audience access.
Workshops incorporate the use of sign-mime, signing songs, body awareness and the use of theater games, helping participants gain an understanding of body, movement and basic theater techniques useful for everyday life.
The cast of Sunshine 2.0 -- Lauren Putz, Gerald Creer, Hayden Orr and Shiann Cook -- comes from Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; and New York state, with performance credentials in drama, comedy, dance and children’s theater, including Broadway, the Kennedy Center and others.
To learn more, go to https://www.ntid.rit.edu/sunshine/