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Pennington Players' 'Master Class' opens tonight at Kelsey Theatre

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The Pennington Players bring Maria Callas back to life in all her temperamental, tempestuous glory. Inspired by a series of master classes the great opera singer conducted toward the end of her career, the play captures Callas as she coaxes, prods and inspires students into giving the performances of their lives while revealing details about her own…her fierce hatred of her rivals, her triumphs at La Scala and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. Master Classsoars from the artistic heights to the emotional depths of one of the world’s most famous divas.

In keeping with the Pennington Players’ goal to make theatre accessible to all, they are offering the audience the experience of an ASL interpreted performance for the deaf, hard of hearing, and ASL community. ASL is a visual-gestural language used by many deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and Canada. It is a complete language with its own grammar and syntax; it is neither merely pantomime, nor English using the hands.

The performance on Sunday, February 23, 2014, will be ASL interpreted by Allwyn Baskin and Lisette Weiland in conjunction with the actual performance provided by the cast. American Sign Language is used for interpreting the performing arts for deaf or hearing-impaired audiences. The two interpreters will be located on a corner of the stage, and will translate the dialogue into American Sign Language.

Additionally, audience members at the Friday, February 28thperformance of Master Class will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with the cast and crew about the process of bringing the production together. This “talkback” session will last about 30 minutes and begin immediately following the performance.

Fri. Feb. 21 & 28, 2014 at 8 pm

Sat. Feb. 22 & Mar. 1 at 8 pm

Sun. Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 at 2 pm

Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ
TICKETS: $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students

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