Running time: One hour, 30 minutes

Sound by Don Nguyen navigates the waters off of Martha's Vineyard and the impassioned dispute between a fiercely protective Deaf father and his hearing ex-wife over the use of cochlear implants to restore their daughter's hearing. They struggle to find common ground in a world that separates deaf and hearing cultures. In a parallel story, 130 years earlier on the same island, Alexander Graham Bell is on a quest to invent the first hearing aid and cure deafness. His devastating actions leave loss and betrayal that reverberates through the long and disparate history of Martha’s Vineyard and the Deaf community.

This production is bilingual, performed in American Sign Language and spoken English. All shows will have super titles, and listening devices will be available.

Support provided by  ArtsWA_logoNEA_logo Community partner Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center


Ryan Schlecht
Lindsay W. Evans
Cheyenna Clearbrook
Richard Nguyen Sloniker
Elizabeth Ayers Gibson
Andrew Wilkes
Jessica Kiely
Alexander Graham Bell
Mabel Hubbard
Mr. Pease

Creative Team

Desdemona Chiang Howie Seago
Jessica Kiely
Adam Zopfi-Hulse
Christine Tschirgi
Jessica Trundy
Mariah Brougher
AJ Epstein
Amy Harris
Assistant Director
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Video Designer
ASL Interpreter

Co-founded by Seattle actor Richard Nguyen Sloniker and director Desdemona Chiang, Azeotrope's mission is to create a space where audiences confront the marginalized and obscured, bringing visibility to the invisible. We hope to broaden Seattle’s cultural and artistic environment with vital, urgent, and exciting projects that would otherwise be underrepresented. Recipient of the 2012 Gregory Award for Outstanding Production for Jesus Hopped the A Train .

For more information, please visit . Azeotrope can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@AZOtheatre).

Learn about the history of Deafness on Martha's Vineyard.

Post-Play Panel Discussions

Stay after the play for an expanded Post-Play Discussion on stage in The Bullitt Cabaret, moderated by ACT Staff and featuring special guests.

Sep 20 |  Moderated by ACT Staff

Sep 27 | Moderated by ACT Staff