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Seattle, WA, (September 17, 2013) Deaf Spotlight is proud to present its first-ever theatrical
production, Broken Spokes, playing November 8 to 10, 2013 at the University of Washington Ethnic
Cultural Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Broken Spokes, written by award-winning playwright, Willy
Conley, will be directed by Ryan Schlecht, who has an extensive background in acting and directing
Broken Spokes is a drama about two brothers - one deaf and one hard of hearing - and explores
relationships, memories, and power issues. Broken Spokes speaks to the endurance of family bonds.
The play will be performed in American Sign Language and simultaneously interpreted in spoken
Willy Conley (Playwright)
Willy Conley’s plays have been published in The Tactile Mind, Theatre for Young Audiences Today
and No Walls of Stone. His most recent book was Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays.
Awards include PEW/TCG National Theatre Artist Residency grant, VSA 2000 Playwrights Discovery Award, Lamia Ink! 8th Annual International One-Page Play Award, American Deaf Drama Award, and Sam Edwards Deaf Playwrights Award. His plays have been produced off-off Broadway, the Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, CenterStage, in Europe, and various universities in the U.S.
Conley is currently a professor of Theatre Arts at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. To learn
more about his work, please visit: www.willyconley.com.
Ryan Schlecht (Director)
Ryan Schlecht will direct Deaf Spotlight’s first theatrical production, Broken Spokes. Deaf Spotlight
presented Ryan’s first, and sold out one-man production, The Vivacity of ASL (2012). Previous
directing credits include two Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services productions, The Reflection
of Truth (2011) and To Understand History is to Know Herstory (2010). Also, he directed multiple
Deaf Youth Drama Program (DYDP) productions from 2005 to 2007 at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
His most notable acting career achievement was performing in Deaf West Theatre’s musical, Big River, for four years (2001 – 2005) which went on to Broadway and won the 2004 Tony® Honor for
Excellence in Theatre. Howie Seago (Jackson) Howie Seago’s professional credits include acting, directing, writing, producing, and teaching theatre
arts for over 40 years. He was featured in Beyond Silence, Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film (1998). He has worked with notable directors such as Peter Sellars (Ajax, The Persians, Biblical Pieces), Barlett Sher (Skin Of Our Teeth), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Little Flower of East Orange), Bill Rauch (Hamlet, Music Man, Merchant of Venice), Robert Wilson/David Byrnes (The Forest), Robert Woodruff (The Tempest), and on international tours with the National Theatre of the Deaf.
He has performed at the Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Public Theatre (