DramaTech's production of Nina Raine's play "Tribes" was mentioned by Creative Loafing in their rundown of local shows running in February. DramaTech, the oldest continually running theatre in Atlanta, is supported by the School of Literature, Media and Communications.
"Tribes", which is running from February 7-15, tells the story of a deaf boy's journey of learning the values of the deaf community and applying them to his own family's values.
But then Billy meets Sylvia, a hearing woman born to deaf parents who is now slowly going deaf herself. She hates that she’s losing her hearing and begins teaching Billy sign language. After learning about the values of the deaf community, Billy confronts his own family’s beliefs and values. Finally, it is the deaf family member who demands to be heard.
DramaTech, Georgia Tech’s student-run theatre organization, has been around for 73 years. Tribes is an award-winning script, and many productions feature a deaf actor in the role of Billy. This might well be a student production worth seeking out.