Lessons in Laughter

Bernard Bragg, Author, Eugene Bergman, With, Eugene Bergman, As Told to
Bernard Bragg, Author, Eugene Bergman, With, Eugene Bergman, As Told to Gallaudet University Press $19.95 (219p) ISBN 978-0-930323-46-2
Reviewed on: 06/01/1989
Release date: 06/01/1989
Bragg, a deaf person born of deaf parents in Depression-era New York City, tells how he realized his dream of becoming an actor and pays tribute to his family, deaf friends and others to whom ``sign language was a perfectly normal and acceptable way of communicating.'' The richness and variety found in signing and in the deaf culture permeate his montage of stories. This member of a minority he describes as unique resisted exploitaiton by the hearing, and efforts of professionals to deflect his self-determination. In vignettes that reveal a bubbling personality, readers follow the flowering of his lively intelligence, his developing relationships and the psychic energy that enabled him to construct a textured life, star in a weekly show on public television in San Francisco, found the National Theatre of the Deaf. Bragg's story, told in sign to coauthor Bergman, a colleague, provides a bridge between the hearing society and the deaf. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
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