"Deaf Republic" takes place in an unspecified time of political unrest in an occupied territory. The story unfolds in episodic poems, opening with the shooting of a young deaf boy at a protest. In response, the entire town adopts deafness as a strategy of resistance. The poems explore how language enables resistance to power and how the lives of the townspeople are scarred by political violence.
Written in English by Ilya Kaminsky, a hard-of-hearing Ukraine immigrant who grew up in Rochester, "Deaf Republic" is performed in ASL as part of the 2023 Big Read: NTID.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Mature Content Warning: This play contains themes such as sexuality, murder, and police violence. Most appropriate for ages 13 and up.
When and Where
Open to the Public