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Bernard Bragg Rocks Fremont, CA Audience In “My World Stage”

By Nicole Johnson, Staff writer.

October 25, 2011—Reprinted from BernardBragg.com.

FREMONT, CA – October 25, 2011 – The Klopping Theatre at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, CA was packed to capacity on September 23rd with nearly 400 people watching Bernard Bragg’s performance in “My World Stage.”

In this one-man show, currently touring the country, renowned deaf actor Bernard Bragg shares with the audience a timeline of his acting career starting with the huge opportunity to study under international renowned mime Marcel Marceau in France.

Bragg regaled us with tales of artistic history and milestones including the founding of the National Theatre for the Deaf (NTD), teaching theatre, acting, directing, and producing plays.  He shared memorable and hysterical memories of his acting career – poignant moments to bloopers and amazing challenges that arose behind the scenes, and how he had to be creative in dealing with these situations with each performance coming across as seamless.  The tales of what actually went on behind the scenes left the audience laughing in their seats.

Bernard Bragg.Dr. Genie Gertz, Dean of the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College says “Bernard Bragg is a truly a legendary theatrical figure and there is no equal match. It was a true inspiration having Bernard entertain us with stories that were deeply laden with Deaf History not to be found in books!”

Pamela Snedigar, Director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Ohlone College said “Watching a legend perform is truly inspiring; he brings to life the richness of Deaf Visual Theatre.  What we witnessed has inspired our community to revitalize our own talents and add to Bernard Bragg’s legacy.”

Cheryl Boyd, Outreach Specialist at California School of the Deaf (CSD) adds “It was so fascinating to see Bernard Bragg sharing what happened ‘behind the scenes’ with some performers that he worked with.  The stories of interactions that he shared still have relevance today as we see the same things happening in the Deaf Community.”

The “My World Stage” performance allowed the audience to feel like they were traveling the world with Bragg, sharing his passion and skills in visual theatre.  His performance ended with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience.  Bernard Bragg’s legacy in visual theatre is proof that visual theatre breaks all barriers.

The performance was sponsored by the California School of the Deaf (CSD) Outreach, the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College, and the Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) at Ohlone College.  Proceeds went to California School of the Deaf (CSD) Outreach, and the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College.

Bragg, who currently resides in Hollywood, CA, remains active at 83.  In addition to acting and directing, he is a writer, artist, goodwill ambassador, filmmaker, and continues to give theatrical workshops worldwide.  A website with information on the mighty steps he took towards this continuous journey of bringing entertainment and laughter to audiences worldwide can be viewed at www.bernardbragg.com.