It is often noted that great events are a concurrence of great people, great ideas, and the right time and place for the perfect fusion of energy to explode into a super nova of enlightenment. It can be difficult to find specific times and locations when great changes and shifts in attitude occur, as they usually follow a more geologic model of slow and almost imperceptible change over time. However, when considering ASL poetry and lit erature, the importance of NTID and specifically the Panara Theatre housed in LBJ Hall cannot be overstated. The right people, and—of paramount importance—the right environment, were ready to come together for the unleashing of new forms of ASL performance art. This chapter documents that story from a mix of firsthand experience and information gained in the process of making the film, The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox.

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