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Deaf actor should play role of deaf person, advocates say

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Some advocates and members of the deaf community in Cedar Rapids want a deaf actor - not a person who can hear - to play the role of a deaf person in a community theater's production.

At a public forum Tuesday, Theatre Cedar Rapids officials were criticized for the casting the hearing person and were asked to delay the Oct. 21 opening of the play, "Tribes," so the part can be recast, or to cancel the production.

Artistic director Leslie Charipar says the theater contacted one deaf advocacy organization but acknowledges that more outreach could have been done. She says no deaf actors auditioned.

The theater's executive director, Casey Prince, says he'll discuss the situation with other theater staffers before making a decision about any change in the production plans.

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