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february 2024

Shake It Up!

For Off the Grid Missions

Sunday, March 24, 2024 | Captain Quackenbush’s Cafe

Join Deaf Austin Theatre (DAT) on a powerful, meaningful journey of supporting another Deaf organization at an upcoming fundraising event in Austin. Off-The-Missions (OTG) is a global humanitarian aid organization filling the gap in disaster-response by providing Deaf and HOH people with critical life-saving resources in high-risk and disaster-stricken regions across the world – the only Deaf organization in the world. In dedication to this noble cause, DAT will be hosting this exceptional show, with a talented group of artists, who will bring an insight of humanity, joy, and inspiration through poetry, songs, essays, and most importantly, awareness. This show is not to be missed!

Directed by Russell Harvard

MAy 2024

Tiny Beautiful Things

By Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed

May 10-26, 2024 | Sterling Stage Austin,  6134 E Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78752

Based on the bestselling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small.

Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers.

Warnings: Please be advised that “Tiny Beautiful Things” has strong language and discusses the themes of depression, drug abuse, sexual assault and physical abuse. The play is recommended for adults.

Directed by Brian Cheslik

Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT
Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT

may/june 2024

Chronicles of a Black DeafBlind Girl

Written and performed by Ashlea Hayes

May 30 – June 2, 2024 | Sterling Stage Austin,  6134 E Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78752

Ghari is a 30-something year old woman whose life has just begun. Everything is new. She’s moved to a new city, learned a new language, started a new career, and is newly single. Join Ghari as she navigates her “new normal” and tackles the dating world…while DeafBlind…and Black.

On-Demand Streaming until June 9th at 11:59pm

Directed by Brian Cheslik

Choregraphy by Joey Antonio

july/august 2024

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

In collaboration with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
In association with ZACH Theatre

July 30-August 4th | Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

The enchanting, Tony-nominated musical fairytale that places a spell on audiences of all ages. In an innovative approach with Deaf Austin Theatre and performed simultaneously and seamlessly in English and American Sign Language, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA showcases your favorite tunes, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this funny, modern adaptation from the delightful Broadway revival. Add a dash of romance, a splash of stage magic –and POOF! – you’re guaranteed to have a ball! 

Directed by Brian Cheslik & Michael Baron

This event is in person only.

Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT
Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT

september 2024

DAT Short Play Festival

Theme: An Alley

Friday September 13th-21st | Virtual through Stellar

Join us as we showcase Deaf playwrights and original new works. During the DAT Short Play festival, we will premiere six new short plays written by Deaf playwrights, all taking place in an alleyway.

DAYS BETWEEN US
Written by Heba Toulan
Directed by Andres Flash Otalora

DUMPSTER DIVING
Written by Joshua Castille & Robert Roth
Directed by TBA

MATCHMAKER
Written by Beth Louise Johnson
Directed by Andrew Morrill

SYRINGE
Written by Raymond Luczak
Directed by TK Sylvester

THE DEAF TABLE
Written by Garrett Zuercher
Directed by Dr. Brian Cheslik

WANDS HAVE MORE FUN
Written by Allison Fradkin
Directed by Sandra Mae Frank

october 2024

DAT Halloween Gala

Join us for a fundraising costume gala to raise money for Deaf Austin Theatre. There will be entertainment, music, food, and drinks. We will also be unveiling our 2025 season during the evening. Want to find out what we are doing in 2025? Want to support Deaf artists and enjoy a great evening out? Come and join us for a spooky good time! 

Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT
Progress Pride Flag with white bats all over it. Text reads DAT 1st Fridays presents Deaf Queer Voices Friday, June 4th 7pm CT

BDecember 2024

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

By Jeff Goode

December 21-28, 2024 | Stellar Online Streaming

A dark, dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer’s confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer. …and murkier and murkier.

Warning: This show deals with adult themes, including sexual assault and child molestation, and is not recommended for those under age 16.

Directed by Brian Cheslik

Starring the Deaf Austin Theatre Board of Directors:

Russell Harvard, Sandra Mae Frank, Brian Cheslik, Heba Toulan, Yan Liu, Tk Sylvester, Jo Rose Benfield, Bellamie Bachleda

 

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