Lessons in laughter: the autobiography of a deaf actor by Bernard Bragg, Eugene Bergman

By Bernard Bragg, Eugene Bergman

To be triumphant as an actor is an extraordinary feat. To be successful as a deaf actor is little short of amazing. Lessons in Laughter is the tale of Bernard Bragg and his surprising lifelong achievements within the appearing arts.

Born deaf of deaf mom and dad, Bernard Bragg has gained foreign renown as an actor, director, playwright, and lecturer. Lessons in Laughter recounts in tales which are funny, painful, touching, and outrageous, the expansion of his dream of utilizing the great thing about signal language to behave. He starred in his personal tv exhibit “The Quiet Man,” helped came across The nationwide Theatre of the Deaf, and traveled around the world to educate his appearing methods.

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Suddenly, I saw the beam of a flashlight coming through the opening door. An indistinct figure directed the light at my face, which blinded me, so I closed my eyes, only to open them again and watch the beam approach me. I closed my eyes to show that I was sleeping, but it kept shining on my face. Finally, I opened my eyes and found the night watchman staring down at me. He had a kind face and he offered me a piece of hard candy. I took it. He patted my head and left. As I unwrapped the candy and sucked it in my mouth, I wondered how he knew that I was crying and not asleep.

He nodded yes. My elation was so obvious that my Page 2 friends looked at me questioningly. One even asked me outright why I was so happy about getting that particular table. " Our table was next to a window that looked out on a panorama of the East River and Brooklyn. The drinks were brought and I raised a toast. "You asked why this table is so important to me," I began, pointing at the panorama of multicolored lights below. " Measuring in the air with my thumb and index finger a short distance from the farther end of the bridge, I added, "Do you see that red light behind it?

On a visit to California I was picked up at the airport by three friends from college days. On the way to Riverside, we decided to stop for lunch at a restaurant just off the freeway. We entered the restaurant and found we had to wait in a long line. No problem, we had time. The hostess, with pad and pencil in hand, went from one person to another in the line asking their names. When she finally approached us, and asked how many, I replied four. Then she asked my name, and I said "Bragg," just as I had been taught to pronounce it over the years.

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