Relates the life story of the accomplished deaf actor, director, playwright, and lecturer and tells how he triumphed over obstacles to pursue his dream of acting
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: It is through his deafness that we hear his story. -- The New York Times Book ReviewHis memoir has a universal appeal. -- Library JournalThe richness and variety found in signing and in the Deaf culture permeates his montage of stories. -- Publishers WeeklyTo succeed as an actor is a rare feat. To succeed as a deaf actor is nothing short of amazing. Lessons in Laughter is the story of Bernard Bragg and his astonishing lifelong achievements in the performing arts.Born deaf of deaf parents, Bernard Bragg has won international renown as an actor, director, playwright, and lecturer.Lessons in Laughter recounts in stories that are humorous, painful, touching, and outrageous, the growth of his dream of using the beauty of sign language to act. He starred in his own television show The Quiet Man, helped found The National Theatre of the Deaf, and traveled worldwide to teach his acting methods.