Classic Shakespearean comedy comes to Louisville

February 25, 2013 by  

Two performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will be presented by the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in early March in Louisville.

The unique performance includes actors, most of whom are blind, vocally expressing the story as well as reading from embossed Braille scripts. There is no line memorization, no costumes, and no sets.

Most of the performers from last season’s production, Miracle Worker, are participating in this year’s events, as well. Cast members are from nearby counties and use Braille in their daily lives.

Local printing companies often support community events by providing poster printing to help announce upcoming events. Posters are placed throughout the region for people to see as they pass through high-traffic areas.

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is a popular attraction in Louisville. Visitors have the opportunity to experience history involved with the evolution of development and innovation for the blind. Visitors to the museum can learn to read and write in Braille, and see the first blind reader’s book that was embossed.

A special attraction at the museum is the chance to see the piano that famous musician Stevie Wonder used while studying at the Michigan School for the Blind. A computer game is on display that was specially designed for blind students. Admission to the museum is free.

The performances will take place at the Readers Theater located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 1, and 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 2. Admission is free but space is limited, so reservations should be made in advance.