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The show goes on: The Irish Classical Theatre Company premieres its first digital production

And it's accessible for the deaf community!
Irish Theatre Troupe
Posted at 6:42 AM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 06:56:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The lights may be off and the seats may be empty, but the show still goes on for the people at the Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC).

We just made a pact at the very beginning to say, let’s just see what we can do," executive artistic director of ICTC Kate LoConti Alcocer said.

On October 16, the theatre company will premiere its first ever digital theatre performance.

“It has been such a wonderful experience,” Alcocer said.

For four months, actors, a stage director and entire camera crew have worked tirelessly to bring the production Sea Marks into your homes.

“We knew that we had to do something digital because we wouldn't be able to gather," Alcocer said."We were looking around at some of our other colleagues in other places and said, 'okay, let's jump into this market and try a digital production.”

The two-hour production tells the story of two lovers separated by isolation. It will feature ASL interpretations, and it will also be captioned so the deaf and hard of hearing community can enjoy it too!

“It’s the first time in the Western New York region that something like this is offered," Alcocer said. "It’s one of those blessings in disguise. We never thought we’d be able to do this.”

The director of Deaf Access Services said this is huge for the deaf community.

“More people are gonna want to come to Buffalo if this is the place to be to go to theatre and have access to communication," director of Deaf Access Services Jodie Chibi said. "So this is really an exciting opportunity for our local deaf community.”

And she believes the production can also be a catalyst.

“They’re basically gonna be the trendsetters because they’ve set the bar for other people to try and meet,” she said.

Tickets for Sea Mark are $20 and can be used anytime between October 16 and November 1. For more information on the show or to purchase a ticket, click here.