The blind and deaf actors of Israeli theatre troupe Na Laga'at stand on the stage, dressed in black. Some keep their eyes closed and some stare at a faraway spot, but all are unable to see the audience in front of them. One actor steps forward and, with the help of an aide, swings his arms back as if holding a fishing pole. He then lunges forward for his cast-off.
This fantasy of fishing, as well as colorful dreams and memories, are performed through a painstaking process by these talented actors. Despite living in a world of silence and darkness, the actors and actresses of Na Laga'at, Hebrew for "please touch," are determined to show they can perform just like anyone else.
Adina Tal, the group's director, recognizes the troupe's inspirational effect on audiences from Zurich, Switzerland, to New York. She finds that the actors' ability to overcome the challenge of communication causes the viewer to ask, "if they can, why can't I as well?"
"The actors take you into their rich inner world," says Jill Levenfeld, a peace educator who saw Na Laga'at's play, Light is Heard in ZigZag. "But this is an evening of dreams because despite everything they have to go through, these actors never stop dreaming for a better life."