Nov. 16 - 3:00 & 7:30 PM | Nov. 17 - 3:00 PM
Auditorium, Getty Villa
Deaf West Theatre presents
MEDUSA: THE MUSICAL
Book and lyrics by William Nedved
Music by Kentaro Kameyama
Directed by Coy Middlebrook
The epic showdown between Perseus and Medusa comes to life as a musical fantasy told in Deaf West Theatre’s signature style of singing and signing. The young, reluctant—and deaf—hero Perseus embarks on a perilous quest to slay the snake-haired Medusa. But this particular diva is more than meets the eye—if you dare read her lips. Medusa: The Musical features witty storytelling by playwright William Nedved, an expressive score by composer Kentaro Kameyama (the Project Runway winner also providing cutting-edge costumes) and innovative staging from frequent Deaf West collaborator and Disney+ Encore director Coy Middlebrook.
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc., (DWT) was founded in 1991 to improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area. Recognized as the premier sign language theater in the United States, DWT consistently sets the standard of innovation for inclusive theatrical experiences of the highest quality for deaf and hearing audiences. DWT productions feature deaf and hearing actors working together to present stories in a seamless ballet of movement, with both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.
DWT's groundbreaking adaptation of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2003) earned two Tony nominations and a Tony Honor for Excellence. Its tour included performances on Broadway, the Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., and internationally at Tokyo’s Aoyama Theatre. In 2014–15, DWT's adaptation of Spring Awakening was performed at Inner City Arts and at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts before it moved to Broadway, garnering three Tony nominations and being broadcast live on the Tony Awards show.