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Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—who’s going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music, and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language.  A moving and surprising play from a rising star of the British theatre.

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One of the best shows Washington will see in 2014.


Turbulent, absorbing…wisdom-packed.

The Washington Post

Absolutely terrific. A wonderful play and wonderfully performed.

WETA Around Town


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The Artists


Production Team

Nina Raine
PlaywrightNina Raine
David Muse
DirectorDavid Muse
Wilson Chin
Set DesignerWilson Chin
Matthew Richards
Lighting DesignerMatthew Richards
Kathleen Geldard
Costume DesignerKathleen Geldard
Ryan Rumery
Sound DesignerRyan Rumery
Erik Trester
Projection DesignerErik Trester
Gary Logan
DialectsGary Logan
Tyrone Giordano
Director of Artistic Sign LanguageTyrone Giordano
Katrina Clark
Lead Interpreter and Interpreter CoordinatorKatrina Clark
John Keith Hall
Production Stage ManagerJohn Keith Hall
Elizabeth Dinkova
Assistant DirectorElizabeth Dinkova