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Season finale features Guys and Dolls


The MSSD Performing Arts Program will close its 2011-12 season with a production of the all-time Broadway favorite, Guys and Dolls, directed by the acclaimed actress and Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) alumna Michelle Banks.


Banks is an MSSD residential educator and an award-winning actress, writer, director, and producer. She founded Onyx Theatre Company in New York City, the first deaf theater company in the United States for people of color. Her work with Onyx for eleven years earned her the Cultural Enrichment Award from Gallaudet and the Distinguished Service Award from New York Deaf Theatre. Her television credits include a YAHOO! commercial, ABC's 10-8, Showtime's Soul Food, UPN's Girlfriends, and Lifetime's Strong Medicine. She has also starred in the movie, Compensation, directed by Zeinabu Davis, which has been acclaimed at film festivals worldwide.

Today, Banks shares her lifetime of expertise with the students at MSSD where she takes an active role in the Performing Arts Program.  "I enjoy supporting and inspiring the upcoming generation of deaf and hard of hearing artists and entrepreneurs," said Banks. She previously directed a fall production of MSSD's  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2007) and has also choreographed dances for MSSD's World Dance Express (2010) and Dance Afrique (2009).

Guys and Dolls is set in New York City, and is the story of a motley crew of eccentrics, non-conformists, Salvation Army do-gooders, gamblers, night club entertainers, and other low-lifes. The play explores the strange impulses and unique motivations governing the lives of some of the city's more picturesque characters, as well as the development of some quirky romances.

If you are in the Washington, D.C., area May 10 to 12, we cordially invite you to come and see Guys and Dolls. Audiences from middle school age on up will enjoy this enchanting musical. The show is performed in American Sign Language, with voice interpreting for hearing members of the audience.

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m.


  • $5 - Adults
  • $4 - College students and senior citizens with I.D.
  • $3 - Per person for school groups

For ticket reservations, e-mail Yolanta Rozynek, call (202) 651-5031, or fax (202) 651-5109.