Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: It Doesn’t Say They’re NOT Deaf…

A mash-up of real conversations with directors, artistic directors, casting directors and stage managers of theaters and production companies both large and small:

Theatre/Production Company: We have an interesting issue and we’d like your advice.

Uncle Dale: Ok.

T/PC: We just had auditions for [Insert the name of a production, famous or new] and a girl who is hearing-impaired auditioned.

UD: Deaf.

T/PC: Excuse me?

UD: Deaf, not hearing-impaired. You can say Deaf. You should say Deaf. It’s alright, she knows she’s Deaf.

T/PC: Riiight. But I’m trying to be, you know, culturally sensitive.

UD: Then say Deaf.

T/PC: That doesn’t feel comfortable to me.

UD: Do you say Negro?

T/PC: NO!

UD: Then say Deaf.

T/PC: What? Really?

UD: Yes. Go on to the issue.

T/PC: Well this, um, Deaf? Heh. DEAF girl was, fantastic! Her audition was transformative!

UD: Ok. Waiting for the “issue.”

T/PC: We are not sure what to do.

UD: Cast her?

T/PC: But the character is not written as Deaf. We are not sure how to square casting her with the fact that the script and original story don’t say she is Deaf.

UD: Is there any thing that says she is not Deaf?

(Pause)

T/PC: No.

UD: Issue resolved. Glad I could help.

(Gave info on finding a good Deaf consultant)

Author: uncledalesrules

These blogs (I have two) began as a series of sayings I use to teach interpreting workshops, and political diatribes on Facebook. They moved from Facebook to this blog site: 1. as a way to remove them from my head (cuts down on the noise in there); and, 2. to give a better home to both my "less serious and satire laden posts" and my "more serious and satire laden posts." I guess it's up to you to decide which is which.

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