Ramona Clay

A reunion of two estranged sisters–twelve years apart (the younger, Ramona, is Deaf)–as the man who murdered their parents is set to be executed. It’s also funny.

Written by Stan Richardson, directed by Ben Vershbow, assistant directed by Dorit Avganim, dramaturg Shannon Deep, ASL consultant John McGinty, with: Justin Blanchard, Sandra Struthers, Alexandria Wailes & Matt Steiner

Ramona Clay was a workshop developed in partnership with the 3B Development Series at IRT Theater in Manhattan, New York in April 2012. Set against the backdrop of the New York Off-Off-Broadway scene, the story begins with the reunion of Tonya, a struggling director, with her younger, suddenly successful, deaf sister, Ramona, who is on the verge of literary stardom for her novel about their parents’ death (which happened when she was an infant).  But as the sisters try to fill in the gap of all the years lost, the question that keeps coming back is, “Whose story is this to tell?” This hybrid hearing/Deaf theater piece combined traditional hearing storytelling with scenes completely in American Sign Language.

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(Photos by Dorit Avganim)

Resources

IRT Theater; Gallaudet University; ASL (American Sign Language)

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