Listen… Can You Hear Me Now?
A CODA Tale
During this public reading Gloria will be sharing selections from Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?, her personal memoir-in-progress of being a hearing child raised in the Deaf community. Afterwards she will take us through the ongoing process of transforming her award winning solo show into book form, and how this years’ long journey has been life changing and challenging for her and eye opening for those touched by this work. A talk back will follow with the audience where she will welcome any and all questions that arise about either the material or the process.
Name of Artist: Gloria Rosen
Dates of Residency: May 2 – May 15
Gloria Rosen is an actor/playwright. Her solo show, Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?, is an autobiographical account of a hearing child raised within the Deaf community. It is by its theatrical nature an outline, a glimpse into a totally different world completely unknown to most hearing people with no connection to the Deaf. More than that, this is the Coda’s (Child of Deaf Adults) world which is in-between the separate worlds of Deaf and hearing, never quite belonging to either. It is ultimately a story about communication, about a common language that connects heart and mind, and its vital impact on both family and community. It is time now to create a literary format for this tale that will be able to embrace additional material not suited for stage but of crucial importance to the understanding of this story. The goal of this book is to create a work that will help bridge that gap and draw the worlds of Deaf, Coda and hearing closer together in understanding and love and harmony.
Gloria Rosen is an award winning playwright/performer. Her autobiographical solo show “Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?” is a personal recollection of being a hearing child of deaf parents. The show was part of the Marsh Theater Solo Arts Heals program; The Rochester Fringe Festival and the Marsh International Solo Festival. “Listen’s…” International debut was at the Campus St Jean, Alberta Canada and was honored to perform at St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf in NY(the first church for the Deaf in the United States); and enjoyed a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NY where it was awarded Best Autobiographical Script. She recently shared her Coda story with the ASL Interpreter Training class at the Emerald Campus of Dublin City schools in Ohio.The goal and ongoing vision of “Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?” has been to help bring the Deaf, Coda and hearing worlds closer together in an alliance of mutual trust and understanding and love. For further information: www.listenshow.com
With thanks and acknowledgment:
Programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.