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 .
TEDx DUN LAOGHAIRE
Accessible: ASL; BSL; ISL
UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL
Awarded: Best Autobiographical Script 2016
Theatre Row, NY
BETHANY ARTS COMMUNITY
Presentation: Book in Progress
Artist in Residence Grant
National Endowment For the Arts
ST. ANN'S CHURCH FOR THE DEAF
Founded by Thomas H Gallaudet
New York, NY
A Weekend of Coda Story Telling
Campus St. Jeun, University of Alberta
THE MARSH THEATER INTERNATIONAL SOLO FESTIVAL
THE ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL
THE MARSH THEATER: SOLO ARTS HEAL
Excerpt and Interview
NEW YORK INT'L FRINGE FESTIVAL
New York, NY
DOUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS
Advanced ASL Studies
Presentation and Discussion
INTERNATIONAL CODA CONFERENCE
Newport, Rhode Island (Excerpt)
Voices of Truth Theatre Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
Excerpt from show & TEDx
TOTALLY TRUE THINGS
A Socially Conscious Story Telling Show
BY Jude Trader Wolff
Post Show Discussion: Philip Gehman
Director Disability Stevens Institute of Technology
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
Hebrew Academy Of Nassau County
Excerpt plus Talk Back for ASL Class
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Best of Fringe
Los Angeles Woman’s Theatre Festival LA CA
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.
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.