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In the comedy-drama Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, struggles to keep up with his family’s insane dinner table debates but he’s frustrated by his inability to understand the intricacies of the outlandish and loud conversation. Then he meets a woman who teaches him sign language and his entire world changes. Tribes offers a glimpse of a politically incorrect and raucous family.
Tribes gives audiences an interesting and entertaining view of a British family comprised of a mom, dad and their three adult children—Daniel, Billy and Ruth. With the three kids still at home, the dinner table is crowded, loud and out of control. Everyone has an opinion about everything but Billy, who is deaf, finds it difficult to communicate with the others in his clan. The Billy connects with Sylvia, a deaf woman who teaches him sign language. The two fall in love and when Billy uses his new method of communication with his family he upsets the status quo and creates mayhem and turmoil.
Show Facts
Written by Nina Raine
Director David Cromer
Set Designer Scott Pask
Lighting Designer Keith Parham
Costume Designer Tristan Raines
Sound Designer Daniel Kluger
Projection Designer Jeff Sugg
Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
Preview: Feb. 16, 2012 Open: Mar. 04, 2012 Status: Closing Jan 20, 2013
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