Nine East Network Sponsors TRIBES Performance

Nine East Network is proud to sponsor the non-profit Vermont Stage’s upcoming theatrical production, featuring a touching portrayal of some of the challenges faced by Deaf people and their families. TRIBES by Nina Raine, a shrewd deconstruction of the traditions, languages, and idiosyncrasies that make up a family, runs October 7-25, 2015 in the FlynnSpace with an Opening Night performance on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30pm.

Billy’s proudly unconventional family shows affection by lobbing barbed witticisms back and forth in a never ending match of wills. But Billy, who is Deaf, has never been able to fully participate in their game. When he meets a young woman who teaches him how to sign, he finally finds his own voice and stands up for his right to be heard. TRIBES was the winner of the 2012 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Play and this production will be its Vermont premiere.

“I had to suspend my disbelief when I first read TRIBES.” says Vermont Stage Producing Artistic Director, Cristina Alicea. “I have a cousin who is deaf and his entire family learned sign for him and spoke primarily in ASL so he could fully participate. So when I read the play, I couldn’t wrap my brain around a family that would decide not to teach their child sign language. After further research, I realized that there are many families all over the world that make that very decision for a multitude of complex, personal, reasons. Families are unique tribes. They have their own lore, traditions, dynamics and language. TRIBES is a brilliant, beautiful, harsh, and funny play and I’m proud to have Vermont Stage bring this show to the ‘tribes’ of Vermont.

This production also marks the continuation of TalkBack Thursdays; Vermont Stage’s new panel discussion series created to engage audiences  in deeper discussion about the topics and themes of its plays. Each Thursday performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast, director, and experts and advocates from Vermont’s Deaf and Hearing-Impaired communities.

The performance and talkback on Thursday, October 15 will be ASL interpreted.

TRIBES features a handful of favorite Vermont Stage actors and a couple of fresh faces. Cast members hail from Shoreham, Middlebury, and Burlington. Recent UVM Department of Theatre graduate Lida Benson is making her Vermont Stage debut. Starring in the role of the Deaf son, Billy, is actor and comedian Dale Dymkoski of Los Angeles. At age three, Dale was diagnosed with severe bilateral hearing loss and was outfitted with hearing aids. He has lived through every incarnation of hearing aid, and believes today’s digital technology has given him the chance to play guitar and sing in pitch, something he never thought possible.

Steve Small as Christopher
Karen Lefkoe as Beth
Lida Benson as Ruth
Andrew Butterfield as Daniel
Dale Dymkoski as Billy
Aly Perry as Sylvia
TRIBES by Nina Raine runs for three weeks at FlynnSpace from October 7 – 25, 2015. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, Saturday Matinee (first Saturday only) at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm.