Jhe Michigan Daily Friday, February 13, 1987
Bay Amy Hunter
Something special will be in the
air this Sunday at the Mendelssohn
r Theatre. Literally. The National
Theatre of the Deaf will present
Carson McCuller'sThe Heart is a
Lonely Hunter in two languages
- spoken and sign. This
combination results in a theatrical
style that is described as "sculpture
in the air."
The National Theatre of the Deaf
(NTD) was founded in 1967 by
David Hays who, as artistic
director, has been a guiding force
ever since. Hays first developed the
idea for a deaf troupe after seeing
the Gallaudet College for the Deaf's
student production of Our Town.
He was so impressed by the
beautiful elegance in their signing
that he proposed the development of
-:a theatre where professional hearing
actors would work together with
deaf actors. The goal was to present
"a theater of visual language, in
which the beauty of sign language
would be theatricalized and made
central." John Sing
That is exactly what Hays 'The Hear
accomplished, with results far delssohn T
n event for both eyes and ears
beyond anyone's expectations. In
less than two years, a professional
School for Deaf Theatre Personnel
was established in Waterford,
Connecticut. (It has since moved to
Chester, Connecticut). A troupe of
twelve actors, ten of them deaf,
were trained in what is now called
"sign-mime." It is described by the
company as being to normal sign
language what an operatic aria is to
The productions are far from
silent, however. All include both
music and sound effects. For those
in the audience who are not familiar
with sign language, there are one or
two actors who verbalize the
speeches, either as performers or
standing in the background.
"Watch the language in the air,"
says Hays, "and you will find a
suddenly sharper, clearer
understanding of the spoken word.
It's akin to the phenomenon of
your memory of a captioned foreign
film. You remember it as if it were
spoken in English."
According to Hays, The Heart is
a Lonely Hunter is a fitting
production for the Company's
twentieth anniversary season. "It's
all about communication, and that's
what we do best. It's our story to
er (Adrian Blue) watches as Mick Kelly (Elena Blue) tells a tall tale in Carson McCuller's
rt is a Lonely Hunter.' The National Theatre of the Deaf will present this drama at the Men-
Theatre on Sunday.
To the top
,By Seth Flicker
Steve Guttenberg has a nice face.
It is the face of a young accountant
pr lawyer. He is neither, though.
Guttenberg is in show business; he
makes movies... big movies like
Police Academy I, II, III (and
rcoming soon) IV, Diner, Cocoon,
andShort Circuit. He is currently
starring in The Bedroom Window
and has another movie coming out
galled Surrender, starring Sally
.,Field and Michael Caine.
You might easily be asking
yourself, "Why is such a nice,
ordinary looking guy like Steve
tGuttenberg making films in the
first place? There's nothing that
special about him. He doesn't look
like a movie star." Then you
realize, though, that this is his
special appeal. He doesn't pride
:himself on getting attention by
punching out photographers. One
can sense, however - maybe
through his perfectly round eyes or
hrough his snazzy rayon/cotton
-ttire - that this Brooklyn-raised
boy has gotten a little affected by
'the glitzy Holywood film scene.
' Guttenberg recently talked with
,the Daily about his career.
Daily: How is the Bedroom
Window different from the rest of
Guttenberg: It's obviouly
dramatic and it's a thriller, but I
think it's the same in that it is a
'good movie. And I hopefully want
Ito keep on doing good movies.
D: More dramatic or comedy?
G: I just want to do films that
deliver what they promise and if it's
a thriller, a comedy or a drama,
what ever it takes.
D : Police Academy IV is
coining out in March. Why do you
[ eep on doing these films?
G: I enjoy doing them a lot.
They are a lot of fun and they are an
economic opportunity that comes
Anaybe once in someone's life and
there is going to be time when I'm
going to have to sit it out for a year
and wait for a really good role and
these films afford me the abilty to
do that and also to support a family
rand take care of needs that I need to
get done. I think that everybody can
D: You are known far and wide
as a really nice guy. My Mom calls
you the "Jewish mother's wet
dream." How do you feel about
G: Fuck you. I've been on this
tour for about twenty days, I can't
fuckin' believe that I've been on
this tour so long and people just
say that to me every time so I just
tell them, "Fuck you" or "shut up."
A lot of people say, "Hey, you're
friendly," but a lot of people think
that that is sort of an attractive
quality and a lot of people think
that it is a sort of sexy quality. I
don't think that everybody has to be
a bad boy and punch photographers
to be interesting. That could get
kind of lame and old, too.
D: When IN magazine inter-
viewed you and they asked you the
same question, you said something
like, "Yeh, but I have a dangerous
side." What is that "dangerous
G: A guy who gets pissed off
and mad. I'm very strong with
people I deal with, and demanding;
and I can be aloof and self-centered,
egocentric and selfish.
D : , Now, Police Academy
movies make a lot of money and do
real well in the junior high school
crowd, but do you, yourself think
that they are good movies?
G: I think that they hit the mark
that they intend to do. Not
everybody is an intellectual, not
everybody wants to see The
Mission. There is a lot of people
who work for $3.50 an hour, they
work real hard and they're not
interested in being educated. Now,
I've done films that educate, like
Diner and Cocoon, but these
movies hit people who just want to
be entertained. They don't want to
be lectured, they don't want to be
told a story about the eighteenth
century, they just want ot laugh and
See A BROOKLYN BOY, Page11
tell." Adapted for the stage from
Carson McCuller's novel of the
same name, the play is one of
people who are isolated, yet long to
break down the barriers. Set in1938
in a small Georgian town, it centers
around a cafe and a carnival.
Involved are two families, both
black and white, and two deaf men.
"The production,",says Hays, "is
exciting entertainment for everyone
who has ever sent arrows out into
the world and has seen some of
them fall short of their mark in that
lonely hunt for love."
Even for those with no
knowledge of sign language, The
Heart is a Lonely Hunter is sure to
be moving experience due to the
visual effects created by the
"sculpture in the air."
THE HEART IS A LOELY
HUNTER will be performed at the
Mendelssohn Theatre on Sunday,
February 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $13.50 and $15, and are
available at the Michigan Union
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