2019 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: Deafy

11 Aug

Your name: Chris Dodd

Your production: Deafy

Your role: Writer and performer

Tell me about your show.

Nathan Jesper has flown in for his big talk and is desperately late. Upon arriving, he launches into his speech but things are soon found to not be what they seem.

Deafy is a personal story about deafness and community and was created with the assistance of Edmonton’s Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre. Our producing company, Follow the Signs Theatre, is a collaboration between Chris and his director, Ashley Wright. We previously created the hit show, Silent Words, which had two remounts and won three Edmonton Sterling Awards. Deafy blends together ASL, spoken English and captions to weave together a tragicomedy about what it really means to belong.

What other shows or artists are you looking forward to seeing?

Those that are accessible for me, including Wah Wah Wah.

What would you like to see more of in the Toronto performing arts environment?

Accessibility for everyone. No one should be left out of participating in theatre due to barriers, whether is it venue accessibility, the need for relaxed spaces, access to ASL interpretation or captioning or audio description for those with limited vision.

Campaign advertising for the upcoming federal election is replaced by one-person Fringe shows performed by the party leaders. Tickets are free so you can attend any show without necessarily being a supporter of the performer or their party. Whose show do you go see, what is it called, and what is the show about in a nutshell?

I will go see Trudeau’s show. It’s called “The Ballad of Trans Mountain” where he recites an epic spoken word poem that takes the audience through a journey of Ottawa’s long and complicated history with Alberta.There’s a rap portion too with multicultural dancers! Of course, he’s also booked ASL interpretation ’cause that’s how he rolls.

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