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, the only deaf child in a family that could hear, was raised inside the family’s fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon.  His family is determined to raise him like a “normal” child — training him to read lips instead of learning sign language. Billy adapts brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways without truly feeling what it’s like to be heard. It’s not until Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he is finally introduced to the deaf community that his family sheltered him from his entire life. As Billy tries to find his identity among his true family, his interactions with the deaf community reveal that they are the ones who truly understand how important it is for him to be understood.

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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  • On the Cripe Stage
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