What Does the Sun Sound Like?
A prodigal daughter’s journey between sound and silence.
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 THE CRITICS HAVE SAID:
• 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.