ABOUT THE SHOW
Listen...Can You Hear Me Now? is my own autobiographical story of a hearing child raised by deaf parents.
Initially inspired and mentored by acting coach Peter Flint who had no previous contact with the Deaf world and told me: We need to know this story. Listen... was further developed with Jeff Storer of Man Bites Dog Theater and subsequently in Matt Hoverman's Go-Solo Workshop. The show was then dramaturged and directed by Suzanne Bachner,
It was first performed at the Estrogenius and the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. The show won Best of Hollywood Fringe, and sold out its run at the New York International Fringe Festival. After being awarded Best Autobiographical Script at the United Solo Theatre Festival, Listen…Can You Hear Me Now? was invited back for an Encore presentation. Most recently, Listen... had its first International performance at Treasured Gifts: A Weekend of Coda Storytelling at the Campus St. Jean, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In addition it has been performed at the Jersey City Theatre Center, and an excerpt shown at the International CODAhaven Conference in Rhode Island.
Listen... Can You Hear Me Now? also had the singular honor of being presented at the historic St Ann's Church For The Deaf, founded by The Rev. Thomas Gallaudet .
A WEEKEND OF CODA STORYTELLING
CAMPUS ST. JEAN
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
ST. ANN'S CHURCH FOR THE DEAF
Founded by Thomas H Gallaudet
New York, NY
INTERNATIONAL CODA CONFERENCE
RHODE ISLAND2018 (Excerpt)
THE SALON: GENERATIONS (excerpt)
NEW YORK, NY
UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017 Encore Performance
THEATRE ROW, NEW YORK, NY
JERSEY CITY THEATRE CENTER
plus talk back
JERSEY CITY, NJ 2017
CATHERINE DICKSON HOFMAN BRANCH WARREN COUNTY LIBRARY, NJ 2017
UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL
BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHICL SCRIPT 2016
THEATRE ROW, NEW YORK, NY
Official Selection - NY International Fringe Festival 2013
Hebrew Academy Of Nassau County
Excerpt plus Talk Back for ASL Class 2013
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013
Best of Fringe
Los Angeles Woman’s Theatre Festival
EstroGenius Sola Voce Festival, N.Y.C.
Women at Work Festival - Stage Left Studio, N.Y.C.
A NOTE FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
“It’s rare that we get to see a play that puts the life of the Deaf - and specifically, the experiences of hearing children born to Deaf parents – front and center.”– Lisa Strum, Jersey City Theater Center
Shows about the Deaf are indeed rare: Children of a Lesser God; Spring Awakening; Tribes. Shows about Codas (Children of Deaf Adults) even more so. And I was raised a non-signing Coda, making this story unique even within that community.
Your are all welcome to my childhood home where ringing telephones and doorbells light up the house, watching TV requires great feats of concentration, and a little girl becomes the world’s first lip-syncher. Come on in and meet all the many characters wandering in and out of this tale causing much havoc and joy!
Listen… Can You Hear Me Now? explores the vital importance of family communication through experiences that are funny, frustrating and fierce. My vision and goal is to explore and bring to light the very special and largely hidden worlds of the Coda and Deaf Communities, and to bring the Deaf and hearing worlds closer together in an alliance of mutual trust and understanding.