The World is Not Silent

June 26, 2022

  • By Don X. Nguyen

  • Directed by Marya Mazor

  • Reading

  • NEUHAUS THEATRE

Overview

Don is a good son. He learns American Sign Language when his father, Dau, starts to lose his hearing. He moves back home to Nebraska to care for him, only to find the communication gap between them wider than ever. Dau has been learning Vietnamese Sign Language -- not ASL. And Don doesn’t even speak Vietnamese! Luckily, a surprise Thanksgiving guest, bearing Dau’s beloved honey ham, may be just the bridge they need. But the closer Don gets to signing with his father, the further he seems from understanding him. After all, learning a language means little if you're not willing to speak from the heart. With Dau’s hearing fading fast, can father and son find a way to communicate? From the author of  The Supreme Leader (Alley All New Festival 2019), The World is Not Silent is a multilingual play that explores how language simultaneously divides and unites us. 

CONTENT ADVISORY

The World Is Not Silent contains mild Language and a harrowing account of a family's evacuation during the fall of Saigon. To learn more about the content of this show, please click here for our content advisory page.

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Creative Team

Don X. Nguyen

Playwright

Marya Mazor

Director

Jocelyn A. Thompson

Stage Manager

Tina Ari

Vietnamese Sign Language Consultant

The Cast

Headshot

Mai Le

as Linh

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Gabriel Regojo

as Stage Directions