The Deaf Duckling – by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Synopsis: A 45 minute play for youth about a child growing up Deaf in a Hearing family.

Setting: Various
Time Period: The Present

Cast Size: 3

SAM: Deaf Actor or Actress

MAN: ASL Proficient Actor- plays Papa Duck, Mr. Swan, various kids

WOMAN: ASL Proficient Actress- plays Mama Duck, Teacher, various kids

*Casting Note: Due to the story-telling nature of this script, the roles may be cast without regard to gender. This script reflects Sam as a girl, and the Man and Woman roles played by a man and woman, but in the original production, “Man”  was played by a woman, and the character of Mr. Swan changed to Ms. Swan. All other gender assignments remained the same.

Design Needs:
Set: A floor cloth or carpet placing us on a blue pond. A painted backdrop with ground and reeds below and sky above that can be backlit to show shadow play. A portable table, three versatile chairs.

Costumes: Two of the actors portray several characters in rapid succession, simple costume and head-dress changes are needed to clarify the role they are playing at any given time. Only character of Sam remains un-adorned.

Props: Baby Blanket, Velcro duck song toy, Hearing Aid, Cochlear Implant, Collection of objects (rock, string, shell, coin, etc.), Speech training cards, piece of paper, brochure

The Duck Pond Races / At School… / At Home…  / At Deaf School… / The Next Day…

This Play Is: unpublished

Production History:

This play was originally commissioned by the Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
It was workshopped in PlayLabs 2004 at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis
Toured the Midwest for Mixed Blood Theatre in 2005, 2006, and 2008
Was adapted and produced by Deaf West Theatre and toured Los Angeles in 2006 and 2007
Produced by University of Arizona for mainstage and tour in 2008

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