John McGinty - Kim Weild for Other Voices

Photo Credit: Kim Weild for Other Voices

Movements of the Soul

is based on a true story of the unlikely friendship between a young, hearing, Congregationalist minister and a revolutionary Deaf  French teacher in 1818, as they create the first school for the Deaf in America, triumphing over narrow tradition and prejudice, only to see it all pushed to the brink of collapse when one of them follows his heart in his personal life.

Performed in American Sign Language, English, Signed English and French, the audience experiences the ferocious arc of the play through the spoken word and the picturesque, expressive signing, seamlessly interwoven by the multilingual, versatile ensemble.

See this OFF BROADWAY workshop

@ Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Rose Nagelberg Theatre September 9th – September 20th.


Production History

Movements of the Soul was developed initially in Naked Angel’s Tuesday’s @9 cold reading series starting in February of 2009.   It benefited from consultations with one of  Berkshire Playwright’s Lab’s artistic directors, Bob Jaffe and had a fully staged reading at HERE Arts Center in 2010 with Joe Cacaci directing.  From that reading, Broadway producer Jeffrey Ash (Fool Moon, Three Tall Women, Finian’s Rainbow, etc.) came aboard.

In early 2011, Linda Chapman, Associate Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop, awarded the company with a space grant.   With that rehearsal space, in April and May of 2011, with Mr. Ash, Melly Garcia and assistance from Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, and Lexington School for the Deaf, a workshop was produced in midtown Manhattan and as a benefit for Lexington School for the Deaf, with Mr. Cacaci at the helm.  From the 2011 April/May workshop, two more financial backers joined the team.
Sadly, and unexpectedly, Jeffrey Ash passed away in early August of 2011.
The play has been revised and refined even further.



Production Now

In association with BLACK ICE ENTERTAINMENT and BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, with the help of Sandra Newman and with substantial grants from Sherry & Robert Wiener Philanthropy, Emily Rechnitz, Dan Lauria,  and our numerous Indiegogo supporters, MOVEMENTS OF THE SOUL will have an Off Broadway run at Baruch Performing Arts Center September 9 through September 20,  2015.
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