What Does the Sun Sound Like?

A prodigal daughter’s journey between sound and silence.

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The autobiographical story of a hearing daughter growing up in a Deaf family & culture. It is the tale of a girl/woman surviving adolescence and interpreting sound for her parents while interpreting the world for herself. It is the tale of being a cultural tourist, bridging a world of two languages & two cultures and the universal search for identity. What Does the Sun Sound Like” explores the cultural aspects of Deafness- a community of people defined not by their disability but by their shared language, culture, values and norms. A community, which believes, “We aren’t broke- so don’t try to fix us”


(In ASL) It feels good to use my hands again. For a long time I kept my Deaf life a secret. I learned to hate secrets from the people who taught me to use them. My parents loved me so much. Growing up I had a strong connection to Deaf world.

Then I ran away. Now that I’m here, I realize that I miss my mother’s voice. I miss the moon stories my father told. I miss the Deaf world and being the good girl. Sometimes I don’t know who I am anymore but I’m grateful that I can finally share my secrets with people who understand.

The next thing I know it’s 31/2 days later and I know that I’ve come, at last to the right place. It was like I had taken a long drink of water when I didn’t even know I was thirsty.

I am neither hearing nor Deaf. I am both hearing and Deaf. I am big and loud, and talk with my hands and my face and my body. I like every light on in the house and the volume way up.

Sometimes I am too direct and explain everything A through Z I need to look at you to listen to you and I need you to make eye contact with me. I stand too close, touch too much, stare too long and hug too often. I am CODA. I am bilingual and bicultural and I can bridge the two worlds without losing anything in the translation. It is a remarkable thing to find your tribe and the place that you fit.


… What is extraordinary is the way that Malinowski takes a bare stage, leads us through her journey and leaves us transformed… The play is funny and warm and her performance is compelling… You can’t see this play without altering the way you look at the world.
— KDHX (St Louis)
Malinowski succeeds beautifully with humor, hurt and tender illumination… a piercing performance… clear, insightful writing.
Malinowski is luminously affectionate… stylish and provocative… especially captivating in her use of wit and physical comedy to illuminate character.
— LA Weekly (Theatre Pick of the Week)
… an honest, warm-hearted warts-and-all reliving of the difficulties and joy she faces living between two worlds and cultures, a bit of an alien in both… Her luminous inner beauty and devastating charm- shines through her storytelling with an almost tangible beam.
— Park-Labrea News
Malinowski’s performance moves from heartwarmingly comic to profoundly moving as she weaves powerful memory with witty observation… A magical journey between the worlds of sound and silence… an extraordinary piece of theatre.
— Ojai Valley News

• We bring the performance and follow up Q & A tailored to your particular group.

• Keynote and empowerment talks.

• “Telling Your Story” Workshops with community members.

The show is 75 minutes long with sound and lights if technology allows. I also have a version of the play that is 55 minutes long. The work has been performed everywhere from theaters to gyma/cafa/toriums. Referrals upon request.