Joshua Castille, seen on Broadway as Ernst in the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, will play Quasimodo (who is Deaf in Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece) this summer in the 5th Avenue Theatre staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by Dana Solimando, performances are scheduled for June 1–24.
Castille, who is Deaf, will use American Sign Language throughout his performance, while Justin Gregory Lopez will be featured as Quasimodo’s “voice,” as well as one of the cathedral’s gargoyles. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
There will be eight ASL-interpreted performances, in addition to one open-captioned performance and one audio-described performance.
“Ask anyone who’s ever been a part of a musical production and they’ll tell you that theater is meant for everyone,” said 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry in a statement. “It’s this very fact that makes it so exciting to be able to celebrate inclusivity in such an impactful way and welcome the Deaf and hard of hearing community with open arms. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Joshua Castille on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Tickets can be purchased at 5thAvenue.org, by phone at (206) 625-1900 or at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.