APH Press Release
APH Braille Readers Theater presents The Curious Savage
A play by Louisville-born playwright John Patrick
Louisville, Kentucky (February 9, 2014) – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will offer two free performances of The Curious Savage, Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 pm.
In readers theater there are no costumes or sets. The actors do not memorize lines, but sit together on stage and read from the script—using vocal expression to help the audience understand the story. In this instance, most of the readers are blind and read from scripts embossed in braille.
The Curious Savage, written by Louisville-born playwright John Patrick in 1950, is a funny, touching story about an eccentric widow, greedy step-children, and quirky patients at a sanatorium, who are all thrown together in search of wealth and happiness.
This is the third year for APH Readers Theater, performed The Miracle Worker in 2012 and Much Ado About Nothing in 2013.
Cast members are from Jefferson and other Kentucky Counties. Many of the performers from the earlier productions are involved again this year. Most use braille on a regular basis in their personal and/or professional lives.
About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, see a piano used by Stevie Wonder when he was a student at Michigan School for the Blind, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. More information at www.aph.org/museum or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.
About the American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.
APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible website (www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics.
The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.