Archive for October 14, 2015
Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre’s “Compelling” production of SILENT SALZBURG
by Richard Medugno
My full-length play Silent Salzburg tells the story of an Austrian Christian family that goes into hiding in 1940 to protect their deaf teenage son from sterilization or worse by the Nazis. It is not a true story, but it is based upon actual historical events.
I was inspired to write this piece after wondering about the benefits of ASL in an “Anne Frank” situation. After a little research about how the Nazis treated Deaf people during World Word II, the idea for the play really came together and the drama almost wrote itself.
The first production of Silent Salzburg was staged at the California School for the Deaf, Little Theatre in Fremont in September, 2006. It directed by Deaf actress Megg Rose. I’m proud to say it was very well received and helped raised over $5000 for DCARA.
That first production holds a close place in my heart also because my daughter Miranda Medugno played the role of Marlena. This is note-worthy because it was Miranda first “real” Theatre experience and set her off on a road that led to her winning the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, D.C. this past spring for her portrayal of a Helen Keller in a new musical.
I am, of course, so very proud of my daughter and so thankful that she came into my life. It led to my exposure to the Deaf community and provided guidance into a writing career that now includes the publishing of my memoir Deaf Daughter, Hearing Father and the creation of a number of theatrical pieces with Deaf and hearing characters.
Needless to say, I was overjoyed when I learned that Nicki Runge, Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre’s Artistic Director, wanted to stage Silent Salzburg. She deserves a ton of credit for taking on a difficult and challenging piece with heavy, dramatic material.
I was delighted to learn the production received a glowing review by Theatre Colorado.blogspot.com from a reviewer who saw the play in Colorado Springs. There are only a few more performances of this production as it moves to Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre this weekend and in Denver’s Bug Theatre the following weekend. I hope you will make every effort to see the show. I will be attending the performances in Fort Collins and look forward to meeting the cast as well as audience members.
I heartily applauded the efforts of all the Theatre artists who made this Colorado production of Silent Salzburg happen.
San Jose, CA
October 14, 2015