Reprising ASL at ACT

Romeo and Juliet at A Contemporary Theatre

  • Michael W. Shurgot South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA. USA. (Ret.)


A review of Romeo & Juliet at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre featuring deaf actors in the roles of Friar Lawrence and Romeo.

Author Biography

Michael W. Shurgot, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA. USA. (Ret.)
Professor of Humanities


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Carlson, Marvin. Speaking in Tongues: Language at Play in the Theatre. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.

Shurgot, Michael. “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Howie Seago and American Sign Language at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.” Shakespeare Bulletin, 30.1 (2012): 21-36.

Shurgot, Michael. “Review of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.” The Upstart Crow, 30 (2011): 76-94.

Siger, Leonard. “The Silent Stage.” The John Hopkins Magazine (October 1960); quoted in Stephen C. Baldwin, Pictures in the Air: The Story of the National Theatre of the Deaf (Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 1993), 13.

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