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Cyrano a Big Hit at Fountain Theatre With High Demand for Tickets

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Deaf West and Fountain Theatres will be showing their production Cyrano until July 8, due to a high demand for tickets and very positive reviews.

"As expected, ticket sales were great, so there were many very good reasons to extend our show," said Deaf West's Artistic Director DJ Kurs who recently took Ed Waterstreet's place.

Deaf West and Fountain theatres contain of both deaf and hearing professional performers and crew who can communicate with each other through American Sign Language (ASL) or ASL interpreters.

Aside from producing plays at Deaf West, Kurs also enjoys plays at other theatres in the Los Angeles area. "I actually attend all plays at the Center Theatre Group: at the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre--where he serves as the community liason for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. The Project DATE program has been around since the 1980s and they interpret all of their plays and caption the plays at the Ahmanson Theatre: http://www.centertheatregroup.org/projectDATE," Kurs said during an e-mail interview.

Kurs grew up in a deaf family, although his wife and daughter are hearing. He is a strong supporter of combining both deaf and hearing communities, as he said during an interview at Cyrano's opening night. "I also go to many Pantages shows: http://www.broadwayla.org/specialneeds/."

If plays at smaller theaters do not have sign language interpreters, Kurs always asks for the scripts beforehand so that he can understand what's going on at the plays.

Shows will be held on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.

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