Nod to fete contribution to arts
Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt and John Updike. Hays graduated from Harvard in ’52, founded the NTD in 1967 and was its director until 1996. Having performed in all 50 U.S. states and every continent except Antarctica, the Chester, Conn.-based company has served as the model in the creation of more than 40 theaters of the deaf nationally and internationally. On Broadway, Hays designed the sets for more than 50 productions, notably the original 1956 production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” He also designed more than 30 ballets for George Balanchine and his New York City Ballet.