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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1980 - Natural Lights. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21601/show/21323.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1980 - Natural Lights. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21601/show/21323

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Title Houstonian 1980
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title Natural Lights
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript The plight of a runaway By JILL LEFFORGE The problem of runaway children has been the baffling subject of many studies, magazines articles, books, movies, television documentaries and dramas, but never has the problem been so incesively addressed as in Elizabeth Swados' musical "Runaways." It is not the story of just one runaway, but a collage-montage of songs telling the stories of many runaways who share feelings of frightened confusion, terror, joy, anger, exuberance and rebellion. Swados has created a tough-tender atmosphere and closes her eyes to none of the struggles a runaway meets on the road, and even addresses herself to the unique problems encountered by a deaf-mute runaway named Hubbell. Originally played by a boy in the New York production several years ago, director Sidney Berger, chairman of the UH drama department, has cast actress Julie Clark in the role because of her unique experiences in theater for the deaf. Clark, an art director for a Houston ad agency, is not deaf but became interested in sign language or "signing" when she saw a TV program on it while she was in high school. "I went to the library and started reading everything I could on it. I taught myself the entire alphabet." She wanted to incorporate signing with her theater interests so she started a mime-sign theater company and at the same time began working for agencies who were in dire need of her special translating abilities. Clark had to teach the entire cast of "Runaways" how to sign for one song called "Lullaby From Baby to Baby" in which her character, Hubbell, is spotlighted. She based Hubbell on a young deaf runaway she was recently called to translate for. "He ran away from home because his parents couldn't understand him and blamed him for his handicap. As Hubbell, I'm visually aware of what's going on but I don't understand it all. I'm sort of the freak. I only have three people in the entire show who will relate to me." But Clark is on stage most of the time signing two-thirds of the songs and she hopes this will bring a deaf audience in to see the show. If they do come, it will be another of the rewarding times she has spent interpreting. "It can be traumatic as well as rewarding," she said, "I get called to car accidents, child beatings, doctor's appointments, suicide attempts and prison. I recently went to Rosesharon, a prison farm near Houston, to interpret a reunion between a deaf father and his hearing son, I just got letter from another man thanking me for saving his life. He was going to kill himself because he lost his job, and his wife had taken the kids and left him. We talked him down, and he wrote me that he got his job back and his wife and kids came back too." But there is always the "wall" there, as Clark describes it, between the deaf person and the hearing world. If Clark and Hubbell can for just a moment help us to understand that frustration that she shares with the rest of the cast — the fear of running and the fear of staying home — then we must multiply that frustration by a thousand to understand the turmoil of the deaf in our very noisy world. the hit musical