By Nina Raine
Directed by Marya Mazor

Awards and Recognition

  • Orange County Premiere
  • WINNER! Outstanding Play Drama Desk Award
  • WINNER! NY Drama Critics Circle Award

Reviewer Quotes

“ …subtle and much about the tyranny of language as it is about the misery of not being able to hear it. ”

The New Yorker

“ …bright and boldly provocative drama. ”

Associated Press

Billy is a deaf young man who was raised inside the politically incorrect cocoon of his hearing parents’ house and has learned to communicate by reading lips — but it’s not until Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman fluent in sign language and on the brink of deafness herself, that he finally gets what it feels like to be really understood. The Deaf community becomes his new “tribe,” which sparks both funny and fierce tensions at home. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Nina Raine’s play explores family dynamics, self-exploration, and what it means to be truly heard.

American Sign Language (ASL)-Interpreted Performances


Recommended: Ages 14 and up. Contains adult language and subject matter


SEASON PRODUCERS Bette & Wylie Aitken
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Sophie & Larry Cripe and Laurie Smits Staude

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Venue Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92807
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Upcoming Performances
Approximate Running Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission
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