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

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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Articles & Reviews

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Audience Buzz

    1. Acting, direction and script were outstanding!

      — Anonymous
    2. My husband and I are so impressed with the quality of the acting in the two productions that we have been privileged to attend. (“Parade” was the other one.) We have been season ticket holders at both the Geffen and the Douglas theaters. We think that your productions are even better than these larger and better-known theaters. We intend to purchase the 2018 series. Thank you for such wonderful theater-going experiences!

      — Ina B.
    3. Fascinating study about deaf culture and our propensity as humans to find our own tribes.

      — Robin F.
    4. I have a cousin who is hearing impaired and this gave me an opportunity to better understand her needs and how to better support her journey.

      — Anonymous
    5. Enjoyed so much I bought a subscription 5 shows for me and my wife

      — Gerry G.
    6. Just so enjoyed my time. Love the scale of the theater and being in close proximity to actors. The technical sound and visual effects were interesting.

      — Jane B.
    7. Performance was outstanding – as we have come to expect from CHANCE Theater productions. Especially impressed with “Billy”.

      — Anonymous
    8. Attended the beer tasting prior to the play. That was a great experience, too! Overall, I have been very pleased with the productions that The Chance performs and I’m looking forward to another great season in 2018.

      — Anonymous
    9. This is exactly why I love the theater! It educated me about “worlds” I hadn’t really thought about and stimulated me to look at things differently.

      — Diane A.
    10. LOVED this show. Was sometimes challenged by the characters in it, but the story was engrossing, provocative, and from the heart. As always, the actors’ performances were exceptional.

      — Nora J.
    11. Excellent performances by the entire cast

      — Nathan G.
    12. Their input on hearing & non hearing feelings were touching

      — Anonymous

Venue Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92807
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At a Glance

Approximate Running Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission
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  • On the Cripe Stage
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