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Theater has been director Adina Tal’s life. Direct from Israel, the award-winner and her troupe of 11 deaf-blind actors promise to give Cleveland theater goers an unforgettable experience in “Not By Bread Alone,” which continues through Saturday, March 22 at Cleveland Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre.

Tal said nearly six years ago, a social club for deaf-blind people approached her and asked her to set a drama class for its members. Although she had no experience with the subject nor had closely known any deaf or blind person, not to mention any deaf-blind, she decided nonetheless to accept the challenge.

Her initial commitment was to teach for a few months. But something happened that would change her life.

“I fell in love,” Tal said. “It was an incredible journey that nobody has ever done before.”

She said the journey continues today.

Based in Nalaga’at Center in Israel, The Nalaga’at nonprofit organization is the world's first and only theater ensemble whose actors are all deaf-blind. Tal said the rehearsal process for Not By Bread Alone lasted for two years and the production has been showing for more than six years.

“It’s a very unique opportunity to see something that you probably won’t have a chance to see anywhere else,” Tal said.

When the actors take the stage for the production “they become stars,” Tal said.

She said the production not only gives the gift of art but of hope.

“Everything is possible,” Tal said. “There is no such thing as impossible.”

The performance is being presented with support from the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

hbeyer@cjn.org

WHAT: “Not By Bread Alone”

WHERE: Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Production length 90 minutes

TICKETS: $10 to $70. 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353

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