The Who's Tommy

Performance Dates

After a 5-year hiatus, OCT returns with this beloved rock opera of the 70’s featuring Russell Harvard (Deaf West's Spring Awakening, tv's Fargo) as Tommy & Will Hayes as the Voice of Tommy. Tommy uses driving rock rhythms to explore the story of a young boy traumatized by a violent act as he struggles through different stages of his recovery. Part of OCT’s founding philosophy is that disability can enhance the artistic experience and inspire aesthetic innovation. What happens if, when Tommy turns around to speak for the first time, it’s in American Sign Language? Accessible to all: Audience banks modified for wheelchairs. Sign language seamlessly incorporated with signing cast members. Audio description on demand.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
200 minutes


Voice of Tommy
Mrs Walker
Captain Walker
Cousin Kevin
ASL Cousin Kevin
Uncle Ernie
Sally Simpson

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Choreographer for musicals
Musical Director
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Projections/Media Designer
ASL Master - Neil (Michael) Sprouse