The Deafhood Monologues

Production Needs & Preferences

Ensemble

  • 10-12 Deaf signing actors recommended
  • A mixture of experienced and not-so-experienced signers/actors
  • Actors should at least be 18 years old
  • At least two actors should be late 40’s or older, and at least one
    young-looking female actor for the “Perspectives” scene
  • An African-American male for the “Aunt Pat: Truest Ally” scene
  • Similar number of male & female actors. At least several Deaf POCs
    (people of color) recommended
  • Other members of the ensemble should, at least, be:
    1. director,
    2. ASL coach(es),
    3. stage manager,
    4. crew member(s),
    5. slide show technician,
    6. video camera person (to tape one of the live productions for archives &
      future promotional purposes),
    7. photographer (take pictures of actors (posed for promotional
      purposes, at work during rehearsals, and final group picture for
      archival and future promotional purposes)

Theatre/Stage/Lights

  • Sloped and visually friendly – 300-400 seats ideal (if over 400 seats, live video feed to be considered)
  • FM system capacity for voice-over or equivalent – at least 150 units ideal (if FM system not available) At least 3 wireless hand-held microphones
    for voice actors/interpreters to be set up in front row near stage, along
    with lighted music stands for scripts
  • WiFi service available for light booth-backstage ASL communications (for
    example, videophone or FaceTime)
  • Black or dark background on stage
  • LCD projector system built in:
    • Projector: one for slides with titles of scenes, and for the “Facts” scenes
    • Large Screen (at least 10’ x 10’): to hang behind and/or above actors;
      rear projection would be ideal
  • Controlled, visually friendly lighting – Light person is usually provided through the theatre. Ideal if person knows ASL. If not, director (or cue person) to sit with light person during production to follow
    signed cues (as opposed to voice cues)
  • Good & convenient access to public transportation and parking
  • Flexibility in ticket sales system

I would like to see The Deafhood Monologues be offered in my area:

I have reviewed the Production Preferences list and feel confident we can meet them.
I doubt we can meet the Production Preferences, but I would like to explore some ideas.
I have experience with theatre (or I have talked with someone who is).
I have experience with organizing fundraising events (or have talked with someone who is).
I have taken a Deafhood 101 class (or both Deafhood 101 & 201).
I plan to do this as a fundraiser for the Deafhood Foundation only.
I plan to have the proceedings of this production shared with a local organization.

Past Deafhood Monologues

 2016 – Denver, CO

Friday, September 30, 2016 & Saturday October 1, 2016

Created By: Ella Mae Lentz
Director: Ruthie Jordan
Voice Director: Jeremy Jack
ASL Coach: Barbara Wingfield
The Cast: Ody Allen – Mateo Bonn – Marie Cacciatore – Patrick Carton – Michiko Christiansen – Damita “Jo” Damiano – Kelly Gibbs – Robert “AJ” Moody – Joette Paulone – Jennifer Pfau – Matthew Ruggles – Nicki Runge – Megan Thomas – River Willow – Kelsey Young – Heidi Zimmer

 2014 – Seattle, WA & Sacramento, CA

Friday, June 20, 2014 & Saturday, June 21, 2014

Langston Hughes performing Arts Center – 17th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98144
www.langstoninstitute.org

Created By: Ella Mae Lentz
Local Producer: Rhonda Cochran & Deaf Spotlight
Director: Ryan Schlecht
Voice Director: Jeremy Jack
ASL Coach: Billy Seago
The Cast: Anna Bracilano – Mark Hoshi – Britany Iles – Suzette Ledet – John Plecher – Katie Roberts – Reggie Scott – Kellie McComas Shapard – Nhan tran – Nat Wilson

Our Sponsors: Deaf Spotlight, CAAG VRS, Puget Sound Association of the Deaf, ASL Presents, American Sign Language, Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, Global VRS & Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Saturday November 23, 2014

Created By: Ella Mae Lentz
Local Coordination: Jill Birchall, Deaf Culture and ASL Studies Department
Director: JAC Cook
Voice Director: Jeremy Jack
ASL Coach: Judy Catron
The Cast: Kimberly Bogle – Sophia Brunton – RIma Cornish – Richard Jordan – Isabella Gomez – De Lee Hanaumi – Jasmine Harris – Collin Hillenbrand – Antonie Hunter – Michelle Lennert – Leang Ngov – Stephanie Piscitelli – Kristeena Thaten

Our Sponsors: ASL Presents, NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Purple VRS, Oh Yeah! Photobooth & Sorenson VRS

 2013 – Sacramento, CA & Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Saturday November 23, 2014

Created By: Ella Mae Lentz
Local Coordination: Jill Birchall, Deaf Culture and ASL Studies Department
Director: JAC Cook
Voice Director: Jeremy Jack
ASL Coach: Judy Catron
The Cast: Kimberly Bogle – Sophia Brunton – RIma Cornish – Richard Jordan – Isabella Gomez – De Lee Hanaumi – Jasmine Harris – Collin Hillenbrand – Antonie Hunter – Michelle Lennert – Leang Ngov – Stephanie Piscitelli – Kristeena Thaten

Our Sponsors: ASL Presents, NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Oh Yeah! Photobooth, Purple VRS & Sorenson VRS

Thursday, October 24, 2014 & Saturday October 26, 2014

Created By: Ella Mae Lentz
Co-Produced by: Dorian Fletcher
Director: Monique Holt
The Cast: Stella Antonio – Ronnie Bradley – Kate Breen – Jennifer Furlano – Barbara Hemstreet – Scott Krepel – Cheri Lundquist – Michelle Mulligan – Mervin Primeaux – Jason Tozier – Nick Vera – Jennifer Witteborg
Proceedings to benefit the Deafhood Foundation and DC Area Black Deaf Advocates Eastern Regional Conference 2016

Our Sponsors: ASL Presents, Global VRS & Gallaudet University

 2010 – Fremont, CA

 2006 – Berkeley, CA

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