Lessons in laughter: the autobiography of a deaf actor by Bernard Bragg, Eugene Bergman

By Bernard Bragg, Eugene Bergman

To be triumphant as an actor is an extraordinary feat. To be successful as a deaf actor is little short of amazing. Lessons in Laughter is the tale of Bernard Bragg and his surprising lifelong achievements within the acting arts.

Born deaf of deaf mom and dad, Bernard Bragg has gained foreign renown as an actor, director, playwright, and lecturer. Lessons in Laughter recounts in tales which are funny, painful, touching, and outrageous, the expansion of his dream of utilizing the great thing about signal language to behave. He starred in his personal tv express “The Quiet Man,” helped stumbled on The nationwide Theatre of the Deaf, and traveled world wide to coach his appearing methods.

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He acquires the supposedly difficult art of depicting and expressing all his thoughts, even those most independent of the senses, using natural signs with as much order and precision as if he understood the rules of grammar Compare Bragg: What electrified and enthralled us about Mr. Panara was his very embodiment of a living breathing revelation of the potential of sign language. . In contrast to the choppy, abrupt, and often homemade signs we normally used among ourselves, his signs were a miracle of vividness and eloquence.

The crowd around the registration desk was growing. I had to concentrate on the registration card. It asked the day's date. I looked up at the clerk, and he said September 20. I could lipread that clearly. September 20? I couldn't believe itI had completely lost track of time. My birthday was only seven days away. As I went up to my room and began to unpack I pondered how to celebrate my fiftieth birthday, half a century of my life. I was in New York to begin shooting the TV film And Your Name Is Jonah for CBS and it would certainly take more than a week.

Smiling he said, "Please be seated," and, stepping softly like a dapper cat, he approached Mrs. Nies and started to discuss something with her privately. It did not take long, and he turned around and started to leave. As he opened the door, I stood up, my heart pounding, and called out to him, "Mr. " He looked slightly surprised. "Yes, Bernard. " My mouth was dry. My throat hurt. I could not speak. " His eyes narrowed. " "A mistake in the ranking of SAT scores. " I was shocked. " There was a half-smile on his face.

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