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The Eye | Dec. 11 5:30 pm EST

Layers of language: An interview with “Tribes” playwright Nina Raine

Courtesy of Nina Raine

Tribes, written by Nina Raine, debuted in 2010 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and recently opened in New York.

Examining the experience of a deaf member of a hearing family, the play is now showing at the Barrow Street Theater through January 6th.

The Eye sat down with Raine to discuss the play, her influences, and the play’s exploration of what constitutes modern-day tribes. 

How did you get to understand the deaf  community in order to realistically portray it in the play?

I watched a documentary, and that gave me the idea of watching the play. It was a documentary about a deaf couple, and then I was friends with a writer who was going deaf. Genetically inherited condition. And then through her, she helped me when there were parties and things. I met deaf people though a person that was going deaf.

And also, I kind of said, “I’m writing this thing, and I want to talk to people about it.” More »