Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin in “CODA”
Vendôme Pictures and Pathé Films are teaming up with Deaf West Theater to develop a stage musical adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film CODA. The film is nominated for Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Troy Kotsur is nominated for Performance. The 2022 Oscars will air on ABC on March 27.
Directed by Siân Heder and starring Emilia Jones as well as Broadway alums Marlee Matlin, Kotsur, Daniel Durant and Eugenio Derbez, CODA premiered on Apple TV+ in August 2021. The film garnered multiple nominations and wins at the 2022 BAFTA Film Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards, as well as being crowned Film of the Year at the AFI Awards. CODA also made history by being the first majority deaf cast to win the ensemble prize at the SAG Awards. Kotsur is the first deaf actor to win Best Supporting Actor at the SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards.
CODA follows 17-year-old Ruby (Jones), who is the only hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. His life consists of acting as an interpreter for his parents and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with his father and older brother. But when Ruby joins her high school choir, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles. Encouraged by her enthusiastic and badass choir director to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.
“In the film, there is a scene where the deaf members of the Rossi family, faced with an unattainable school performance, listen to Ruby’s song through the joy of others in the audience,” said DJ Kurs, artistic director of the Deaf West Theatre. “So this is an opportunity to bring the story full circle by bringing it back to members of the deaf community and making music accessible through our signed and sung live adaptation of the film.”
Matlin and Durant previously starred in the Tony nominated production of Deaf West’s spring awakening.
Watch the trailer for CODA below!