IRT Theater


May 29-June 2 2019

IN RESIDENCE: July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019

In this sweeping musical tale, Orella is born deaf at the brink of the Italian Renaissance. Her journey takes her through a childhood of poverty, an adolescence in hiding, and a young adulthood at an asylum for the “cursed”. However, her drive to learn and her courage to communicate with Sign Language unites a broken kingdom, and Orella is ultimately crowned the world’s first proud Deaf queen.

It is believed that American Sign Language (ASL) is the THIRD  most commonly used language in the United States. However, the long, grim and extraordinary path towards modern Deaf culture is hardly common knowledge.  Through the eyes of a Deaf heroine, this underrepresented historical topic is given a Gothic folktale spin in this sweeping  story of empowerment.

IRT Theater will present a work- in- progress presentation of this original piece, focusing on the complex and magical fusion of  theater, music and ASL.

Wed. May 29th, 2019  7pm
Thurs. May 30  2019  2pm & 7pm
Friday May 31, 2019 2pm
Sat. June 1, 2019. 7pm
Sun June 2nd 2019 7pm
PRICE: $18.00
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Sign Language Interpreting for theatre goers who are Deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication.

Music & Lyrics by David James Boyd
Book by David James Boyd & Chad Kessler
Based on an Original Idea by Kori Rushton

Director Kim Weild
Dramaturge Kalen Feeney
Director of Artistic Sign Language Terrylene Sacchetti
Musical Director Dan Pardo
Producer Kori Rushton

Associate Director Josh Castille
Assistant Director of Artistic Sign Language Siena Rafter

Featuring: Dickie Hearts*, Amelia Hensley*, Jacob Hoffman*, April Lavalle*, Johnny Link*, Catalene Sacchetti-Manganelli, Alexandra Mazzucchelli*, Melissa Van Der Schyff*, Nicole Vande Zande*,  and Alexandria Wailes*

Production Manager Jaclyn Biskup
Associate Production Manager Shelly Guy

Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager Vanny Perez
Lighting Designer Annie Wiegand
Witters Assistant Ann Barkin
General Assistant Emilia Salazar

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Photo Credit Nina Wurtzel

Plays With a Difference: Steppenwolf Launches the Mix List
-American Theatre

Deaf & Hearing Broadway Vets Team Up For Workshop Of New Musical STEPCHILD
-Broadway World

Previewing ‘Stepchild, A New Musical’ in the Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center: An Interview with David James Boyd, Chad Kessler, and Kim Weild
-DC Metro Arts

The leading Sign Language channel, DPAN, (Deaf Professional Artist Network), shows clips and interviews on opening night of Stepchild’s workshop at the Rough Draft Festival In NYC.
-DPAN Feature, TRUBIZ Entertainment

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***