On the heels of the award winning hit film “CODA” (Child/ren of Deaf Adults) Vendome Pictures and Pathe Films are joining forces with the Deaf West Theatre to create a musical version of the film.

The film starring Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Emilia Jones, and Daniel Durant tells the story of a hearing teen who must not only help out with the family’s fishing business; but also serves as an interpreter for her parents. She later joins the school choir and discovers a whole new world.

While the creative team has yet to be announced, the film has earned three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, is the AFI Awards Movie of the Year, and has broken new ground as the first film featuring a majority of the cast members who are deaf. Star Troy Kotsur is the first actor who is Deaf to win a major award at the SAG, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Awards.

Artiistic Director for Deaf West Theatre DJ Kurs spoke on the project saying, “in the movie there is a scene where the Deaf members of the Rossi family, confronted with an inaccessible school performance, take in Ruby’s song through the joy of others in the audience. This is an opportunity, then, to bring the story full circle by bringing it back to members of the Deaf community and by making the music accessible through our signed and sung live adaptation of the movie. It is in the mission of our organization to be the artistic bridge between the Deaf and hearing communities and we are truly excited and honored to embark on this live iteration of a story that brings together both sides of the aisle and addresses the ways that we move throughout the world.”

Deaf West Theatre made their Broadway debut in 2003 with “Big River”. They returned to the Great White Way in 2015 with “Spring Awakening”.