The 4th Annual DC Black Theatre Festival will present In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry II. The unique use of the word “De(a)f” reflects that half of the artists will be deaf and that all of the artists will be DEF (“excellent”).
The vision of the performance is to increase communication and bridge the gap between hearing and deaf communities as well as ethnic, political, and lifestyle boundaries by bringing a unique and diverse group of artists together to perform their poetry about love, lifestyle, passion and politics in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English for the enjoyment of the entire audience.
“This will be more than just a performance, it will be an experience in poetry, dance and music,” said Michelle Banks of Mianba Productions.
The poetic performers will be Monifa ¬¬¬Lemons-Jackson, Mervin Primeaux, Dyone Mitchell, E-Baby, Jill Sege, Kavon Ward, Kriston Pumphrey, Michelle Banks, Nat Plu, Richard Graham, Teraca Florence, and Tricia Wenda Alleyne.
The dance performers will be Ameena Dayo, ReVonte Bradley, Tara Miles, and Wade Green.
Music will be provided by DJ SupaLee and hip hop performances by D.Wayz with Aarron Loggins, and Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper.
In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry II plays at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27th, 2013, at the Sweet Spot @ Anacostia Playhouse – 2020 Shannon Place, SE, in Washington, DC. Purchase tickets online.