Open Call: Garrett Zuercher

JUL 11 – 13
A narrative performance presenting the prism of Deaf identity


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About this commission

Garrett Zuercher’s Inside/Look opens an empathetic window onto the diversity of Deaf identity and the unique challenges Deaf artists face. The narrative performance compares and contrasts the experiences of individual Deaf theater artists whom Zuercher has interviewed since November 2022, including artists with a range of experiences across nationality, sexuality, religion, other disabilities, and more. From the video recordings of these conversations, Zuercher edited a single video that serves as a visual script for a live stage performance featuring the original interviewees.

Creative Team

A portrait of Garrett Zuercher, who sits on a bench along a city street. He has one arm propped on his knee and the other draped over the back of the bench. He wears a blazer over a floral print shirt and turn to look toward us. Photo by Jo Welch
Photo: Jo Welch.
Garrett Zuercher
Garrett Zuercher
Garrett Zuercher (he/him) is the first Deaf person to earn an MFA in playwriting from Hunter College. Along the way, he has garnered multiple awards and honors for his plays, including from the Kennedy Center for both Quid Pro Quo and Hard Places. His latest short film, Flirting (With Possibilities), made its world premiere in Paris in March of 2022 and continues to win prizes at festivals around the world for its peek into the dating life of a gay, Deaf man. As the founding artistic director of Deaf Broadway, he continues to produce and direct acclaimed all-Deaf productions of Stephen Sondheim’s seminal works at Lincoln Center, including Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, as well as Jonathan Larson’s RENT for this year’s edition of their American Songbook series. As an actor, he has performed in Broadway productions, on television, and in feature films. Dedicated to elevating authentic Deaf voices in the mainstream, he continues to advocate for awareness and representation.
In The Works

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.

July 11 – 13
7:30 pm

The Shed’s Griffin Theater is located at 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. View The Shed on a map.

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Thank you to our partners

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Additional support for Open Call is provided by The Wescustogo Foundation and Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.

The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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