“What Does the Sun Sound Like?”

The totally true tales of a hearing daughter growing up in a Deaf family & culture

Full length 1 hour 30 minutes

Excerpt:
Growing up there wasn’t much difference between us and other families in the neighborhood. We all went to the same schools. We all bought our clothes at the warehouse and like most every other kid on my block I had 3 pairs of shoes. Like every other mother in the neighborhood Mommy made meatloaf or stuffed peppers and fish on Fridays and Daddy went to work everyday at the factory and drove a Chevrolet. So when people would ask me about it, I’d always say, “It doesn’t make any difference at all”. Now, I see it makes all the difference in the world. I am the prodigal daughter and Deafness is a lifelong umbilical cord I can never leave behind.





“What Does the Sun Sound Like?”

A bratty 12 year old, her Deaf father & the healing power of the sun

One Act- 30 minutes

Excerpt:
The next thing I know it’s 31/2 days later and I know that I’ve come, at last to the right place. It was like I had taken a long drink of water when I didn’t even know I was thirsty. I am neither hearing nor Deaf. I am both hearing and Deaf. I am big and loud, and talk with my hands and my face and my body. I like every light on in the house and the volume way up. Sometimes I am too direct and explain everything A through Z I need to look at you to listen to you and I need you to make eye contact with me. I stand too close, touch too much, stare too long and hug too often. I am CODA. I am bilingual and bicultural and I can bridge the two worlds without losing anything in the translation. Isn’t it is a remarkable thing to find your tribe and the place that you fit. But there was still one more thing I had to do

 
Arlene Malinowski




Arlene Malinowski