I wanted to share with everyone an update on my continuing conflict with directing Tribes at James Madison University this coming spring. Please see my previous posts for more information.
I have continued to receive negative feedback from the Deaf community about using a hearing actor in a Deaf role. Before Thanksgiving break began I put out a casting call searching for Deaf/Hard of Hearing actors who would be willing to come to JMU to be the role of ‘Billy’ in my production. The deadline to make a decision is fast approaching and I have no one interested in this role. The person who agreed to come out here to be the ASL master will not come out if there is not a Deaf actor in the role. If he does not come, I must drop the show.
I hope you understand the emotional struggle this has caused me. This is my favorite show, and it is a show I know JMU needs to see. Also, if I drop the show, it very well will be the last chance I have to direct at JMU again. It will break my heart if I have to drop it. If you have any ideas on what I should do, I welcome them. Or if you are a Deaf/HH actor who is interested in helping me out, please contact me. Please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to discuss my options. The deadline for a decision is Wednesday, December 3rd.