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Spoon River Anthology explores meaning of deaf theatre

This is not going to be another poetry reading: Spoon River Anthology is an experimental exploration into what it might mean to define deaf theatre in the 21st century.

Spoon River is a series of epitaph-monologues delivered by the ghosts of the deceased citizens of the fictional town of Spoon River, Ill. Made truly equal by and in death, they reveal the secrets they guarded during their days on earth.

In 1915, Edgar Lee Master’s book by the same name shocked America and obliterated the romantic myth of village life. With almost 100 actors, Gallaudet’s production of Spoon River, directed by Ethan Sinnott, is a modern, multimedia adaptation designed to resurrect the shock value of Master’s notorious classic.

This show is appropriate for patrons age 12 years and up. Children under the age of 5 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Performances are October 29 to 31 and November 5 to 7 at 8 p.m. in Elstad Auditorium. This production runs approximately two hours. There is no intermission. All performances will be captioned.

Full-time Gallaudet students who have paid the unit fee receive one free ticket with ID;

Non-Gallaudet students with ID: $8 online, $10 at the Box Office window; adults: $12 online, $15 at the Box Office window; groups of 10 or more people may call x5500/x5502 (TTY) or email here. The Theatre Arts website is; to buy tickets online, go to

Elstad Auditorium Box Office hours:

  • October 26 to 28 and November 2 to 4, 2-5 p.m.
  • October 29 to 31 and November 5 to 7, 6-8 p.m.

All sales are final.

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