Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ASL Interpreters at "The Odd Couple" Performance

American Sign Language interpreters will join the production at a May 14 performance of the Neil Simon classic The Odd Couple at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.
The Odd Couple

Winner of four Tony Awards following its Broadway debut in 1965, The Odd Couple finds the mismatched neat freak Felix Unger being thrown out by his wife and moving in with his divorced, slovenly friend, Oscar Madison. Hilarity ensues when Oscar’s untidy, yet happy life of excessive gambling, smoking and drinking collides with Felix’s need to obsessively clean up after and criticize others. The characters were revived in a 1968 film and a 1970s television series. 

The 2 p.m. performance on May 14 will feature two professional American Sign Language interpreters. 

“There is a lot of preparation involved; it is not something you could just do,” said Jennifer Carmean, an American Sign Language instructor at Grossmont College who is working with Denise Robertson, an interpreter coordinator with Disabled Students Programs & Services, in organizing the interpretation services. Interpreters must review the script and coordinate with the actors involved to ensure they are interpreting each character correctly. Interpreters also must decide on who will interpret what characters and where they should be placed so they can be seen – but not get in the way – in relation to the furniture, lighting and props.

“Most theatre performances are not accessible to deaf people, so this is a great opportunity for the deaf community and for the college,” Carmean said.
 General admission tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure , by phone – (619) 644-7234 – or at the Stagehouse Box Office one hour prior to the performance. Tickets for students attending the Grossmont-Community College District are $10 each. Tickets for seniors and members of the military are $12 each. Prepaid class discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.  

The Stagehouse Theatre is located in Building 21 at Grossmont College, toward the rear of Parking Lot 1. Parking passes are available upon request.   

The Odd Couple, directed by Grossmont College Theatre Arts Instructor Jeannette Thomas, will also be showing on May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and May 7 at 2 p.m. The 2 p.m. performance on May 14 will be the only showing with American Sign Language interpretation services. 

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.