For this, my first Shotz, my friend Franny Civitano was the coordinator and decided to do a full night of plays with NO audible dialogue. Since ASL didn't count, being a visual language instead of an audible one, I was free to use it. At the initial production meeting, one of the other participants, Becky Baumwoll, who happens to be an extremely gifted mime, said, "There's a lot less to hide behind if you're only using your bodies." I disagreed with this, which was the germination of this play which focused on misconceptions that often happen between the hearing and deaf communities. Often times, if a deaf person is listening to music, they're assumed to be hearing. On the other side of that coin, if a hearing person signs fluently, they're often assumed by the Deaf community to be one of them. Within this piece, I played with those misconceptions and how they affect us personally. Directed by Franny and starring Craig Fogel, Erin Wagner, and myself, it was a great introduction to Amios and Shotz.
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