Empire Interpreting Services (EIS), is sponsoring a comedy performance by Keith Wann, acclaimed American Sign Language (ASL) performing artist for the Deaf community, 2 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Palace Theatre, 2384 James St, Syracuse, said Theresa Slater, EIS president.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is no charge as this is our gift to the Deaf community for their support and in recognition of DAW (Deaf Awareness Week), Ã¢â‚¬â€œ however this event is limited to only deaf individuals and their family members in order to accommodate as many deaf as possible,” Slater said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“KeithÃ¢â‚¬â€through sign language, pantomime, and an InterpreterÃ¢â‚¬â€shares his hilarious stories about how the Deaf and hearing worlds often clash in a humorous way. I know all who attend will share much laughter and be inspired by his insights and empathy.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to his web site, Ã‚Â www.keithwann.com, he Ã¢â‚¬Å“has been captivating and amusing audiences with his controlled chaos and total pandemonium comedy explosions on stage, often leaving his laughing audiences gasping for Ã‚Â breath. Wann has quickly established a reputation for his off-the-wall stories.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to Wann, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ My show describes my experiences of growing up as a hearing child with deaf adults and about learning what it means to live in two worlds (deaf and hearing). It is about truly discovering that my parents were considered different than my friendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents from mainstream society and trying to use that to my advantage to get away with trouble, but in the end realizing parents are all the same, and they always know best.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“EIS is delighted to bring Keith to Syracuse and share his perspectives with our community, Slater said.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Headquartered in Syracuse, EIS is a certified woman owned business enterprise with more than 200 professional Interpreters offering services in American Sign Language, 160 spoken languages, and document translations
from business brochures to entire websites. With interpreters in every major city throughout New York State, EIS has grown its reach of service to cover not only New York, but also itsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ neighboring states. Ã¢â‚¬Å“To accommodate this growth, weÃ‚Â
opened our office at 11 Penn Plaza in Manhattan in June,Ã¢â‚¬Â Slater said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We provide professional communication solutions to our
communities in the medical, mental health, legal and civic events areas,Ã¢â‚¬Â Slater said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We also serve theÃ‚Â education community from pre-school to PhD programs. Ã‚Â An exciting part of our growth right now is the translation of websites, helping businesses stay competitive while reaching out to global markets. In fact, one of our clients started out translating his web site from English to Spanish, but has since translated it to a total of eight languages.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In addition, we provide in-service training to teach not only the mechanics of how to use an interpreter, but the cultural sensitivities involved,Ã‚Â especially when doing business internationally.
EIS is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National
Association of the Deaf, and the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. For further information, EIS can be contacted in Manhattan at (212) 946-4717, in Syracuse at (315) 472-1383, their financial office in Homer at (607) 753-8338, or on line at”www.empireinterpreting.com.