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Craig Lucas; photo by Zack DeZon

I Was Most Alive with You

Mainstage Theater

Written by Craig Lucas
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Director of Artistic Sign Language, Sabrina Dennison

New York premiere

I want to see God. I don’t want any more signs. I want to see His face.

Ash has a blessed life, thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son’s Deafness. But on one fateful day, everything’s taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, that threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Performed simultaneously in English and ASL by two casts, Craig Lucas’s sublime, stunning new play is a theatrical event not to be missed.

The play will be simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a shadow cast of Deaf actors.

Marianna Bassham — Astrid
Tad Cooley — Farhad
Lisa Emery — Pleasant
Michael Gaston — Ash
Russell Harvard — Knox
Lois Smith — Carla
Gameela Wright — Mariama
Beth Applebaum — Astrid
Kalen Feeney — Carla
Seth Gore — Ash
Amelia Hensley — Pleasant
Anthony Natale — Farhad
Alexandria Wailes — Mariama

Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Annie Wiegand
Sound Design: Jane Shaw
Projection Design: Alex Koch
Original Music: Daniel Kluger

I Was Most Alive with You is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The mission of The Roy Cockrum Foundation is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States. The Roy Cockrum Foundation enables theaters to reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.



Process Talk: What is a Director of Artistic Sign Language?

In our production of ‘I Was Most Alive with You’, a shadow cast of Deaf actors will accompany the principal cast and perform each character’s voiced text in ASL. To learn more about this unique collaboration and the dramaturgical choices informing their process, I reached out to Director of Artistic Sign Language Sabrina Dennison and her assistant, Lewis Merkin.