Play Readings

 

songs my mother never sung me

Script and music by Dave Clarke
Directed by Caroline Howarth and
Mieko Ouchi

How does a young hearing boy learn to communicate with his deaf mother? Songs My Mother Never Sung Me is an opera for all ages by Dave Clarke about growing up as the child of a Deaf parent. It is performed in an emotionally resonant synthesis of sung English and American Sign Language (ASL). Dave Clarke is an Edmonton based writer, musician, composer and audio designer who has worked extensively in theatre, television, radio and multi-media. He is also – surprisingly – a child of deaf adults; a CODA.

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me tells the story of “Mom” and “Boy” through fourteen songs. There is no spoken text. It is presented non-naturalistically by four performers, playing Mom, Mom’s Voice, Boy and Narrator. Mom is deaf and communicates using ASL. Mom’s Voice uses ASL and sings in English using ASL syntax and word order. Boy and Narrator sign ASL and sing.

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 8:30 PM, Studio Theatre

FREE admission
 

play reading with chris dodd

Monday, February 13 at 7 pm in the Studio Theatre

Join Deaf playwright and SOUND OFF creator, Chris Dodd, as he reads an excerpt from his new work in progress on the theme of Deaf identity and belonging.  There will be a talk-back following the reading with an opportunity to discuss the themes and ask questions.

ASL interpretation will be provided. 

FREE admission