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Muffled Ovarian - A night of Deaf Theatre
The Flight Deck
Oakland, CA
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Muffled Ovarian - A night of Deaf Theatre
Antoine Hunter's Urban Jazz Dance Company and DeVinci Deaf Loud Theatre presents
Muffled Ovarian --- An evening with  Deaf Theatre artists sharing an original series of scripts of Deaf #metoo, Deafs oppression and stories. Urban Jazz Dance Company houses a formal theatre program called DeVinci Deaf Loud Theatre (DDLT) that gives opportunities to Deaf actors opportunities to perform in the Bay Area. For a consecutive second year, Antoine Hunter will expand his annual festival to two weeks starting with a home season show of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) THEATRE with his company presented at the Flight Deck in Oakland, California. Director Mr. Hunter will premiere a new work with his company. MUFFLED OVARIAN to present different Deaf womens experiences of discrimination and abuse. This will be an 1 hour and 10 minute production of a series of true stories and inspired by true stories that occurred to individual women and trans women while they were growing up including scenes of poems, monologues and dialogues. Key highlights of the night will include Mr Hunters new theatre work and collaborations Michelle Banks, 2016 Poet of the year, Joy Elan, Cherie Epsy and ADA accessibility for all persons with disabilities or in wheelchairs. This is series 1 of 3 of the Deaf oppression theme followed by part 2 in the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival and part 3 occurring in November at CounterPulse.

ASL Interpreters provided
Hearing and Deaf are welcome

$15 at Door  
$12 on line
$6 Youth (under 16)
Babies Free

Featuring Amazing Deaf Artists:

Michelle Banks
Joy Elan
Cherie Epsy

Bios listed below:

Michelle Banks:
Michelle Banks (Deaf Actress) A native of Washington, DC, is an award winning actress, writer, director, producer, choreographer, motivational speaker, and teacher.  She has several television  appearances, movie appearances also featured in many film festivals and was chosen as one of 13 actors for NYCs 2008 ABC Diversity Talent Showcase. Michelle was one of the first two Deaf African-American actresses to interpret for the Broadway play, HAVING OUR SAY by Emily Mann. After she received The Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship in 2002, she reproduced her original one-woman show, REFLECTIONS OF A BLACK DEAF WOMAN in Los Angeles, CA the following year.  Her one-woman show has continued to receive rave reviews at venues throughout the country including Victory Theatre Center, National Black Theatre Festival, the Los Angeles' Women's Theater Festival, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. Michelle recently completed her M.A. degree in Organizational Management specializing in Organizational Leadership. Her current projects, MIANBA LLC and Mianab Performing Access, are underway to launch  here in Washington, DC this year. http://www.michelleabanks.com/

Joy Elan:
Joy Elan is an award winning author and spoken word artist from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She uses her writing to advocate for civil rights for Blacks/people of color, women, and people with disabilities. With her poetry and novels, she speaks about social issues that affect people from locally to globally. In June 2014, she won third place in Oakland's Got Talent for her spoken word piece, "I'm A Survivor." She won twice at the National Poetry Awards for Poetry Video of the Year (2015) and Poet of the Year (2016). In the 30th Annual The New York Book Show, she won second place for Children's Nonfiction Book Cover for Silence Is Not Always Golden: The Power of Spoken Words (2016). Joy Elan received her BA degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley and her MA degree in Education at Stanford University. She was born with a hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since she was 15 months. Despite the obstacles she faced, she overcame many of them and continues to overcome obstacles. Her mother always told her that she had three things against her: Black, female, and disabled. Joy Elan went through life prepared for what she would face and has smiled throughout everything she has been through. http://authorjoyelan.com/

Cherie Epsy:
Cherie Epsy was born in San Bernadino and raised in Oakland born in San Bernardino Ca. Throughout her whole life she felt abandoned and ignored until she found God and his amazing grace. She knew God had a plan for her -- He provided an amazing husband and 6 beautiful children and currently Cherie teaches youth ministry. She is in a praise group called (DDP) Deaf Dynamic Praise at Vallejo Deaf Church.


The Flight Deck (View)
1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Thegreatdancerah
On BPT Since: Oct 27, 2012
Zahna Simon

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