DAT Short Play Festival

Deaf Austin Theatre is proud to host our first ever Short Play Festival. This event will showcase six new short plays written by Deaf playwrights. The theme for this year’s festival is “elevator,” so all shows are set in an elevator.

Come check out the newest works by 6 amazing Deaf playwrights. All performances will be in American Sign Language. Voice overs and captions will be provided.

This will be a virtual event starting April 30th- May 15th, premiering six new short plays written by Deaf playwrights.

The event will start off with a 2 night premier live streamed event, hosted by Sandra Mae Frank & Brian Andrew Cheslik. We will watch 3 shows one night and 3 shows the next. We will also have a live, audience participated Q&A with the writers and directors of that nights pieces.

Then all of the shows will be available for on-demand streaming through May 15th.

2 Night Live Stream Premier
April 30th & May 1st @ 7pm CST
$30 for both nights

On Demand Streaming
May 2nd thru May 15th
$15 for full access to all 6 plays.

To purchase tickets: https://www.stellartickets.com/o/deaf-austin-theatre/events/dat-deaf-short-play-festival

The Last Floor

Written by TK Sylvester

Directed by JoRose Benfield

Starring: Heba Toulan and Aaron Hobbes

An explosive and cathartic conversation between two ex’s before going their separate ways.

A Better Place

Written by: James Caverly

Directed by: Sandra Mae Frank

Starring: Landon Krentz and Mervin Primeaux-OBryant

An unassuming operator transfers a passenger through a journey where an ultimate decision must take place.

The Interrogation/By the Numbers

Written by Alexandria Wailes

Directed by Anne Tomasetti

Starring: April Cheng, Elbert EJ Joseph, Gabriel Joseph Silva, Jazie Perry, Kody Dixon, Levi Wood, Nida Din, Norma Aldana

Twilight Zone-esque inspired piece exploring the ideas of belonging, identity and tribalism. The elevator can be used as a metaphor for moving upwards towards enlightenment,  downwards towards becoming more grounded within oneself. When the doors open, who we are when we move forward from our own (and collective) past.

Pushing Buttons

Written by: Rob Roth

Directed by: Andres “Flash” Otalora

Starring: Joshua Castille, Sarah Brown, Ben Beyer, Andres Otalora

As a boy, Danny is trying to figure out his place in the world. As he grows up, he realizes truths about himself and tries to get his mother to accept him for who he is.

5 Years of Little It(s)

Written by Jazleen Garcia

Directed by Tk Sylvester

Starring: Nida Din and Kody Dixon

Max and Angela, newly divorced, step into the same elevator after signing their official paperwork for their divorce. Without their lawyers being present, Angela takes the opportunity to talk with Max, which leads them to have a deeply emotional conversation. 


Written by Raymond Luczak

Directed by Russell Harvard

Starring: Anthony Natale and Russell Harvard

In DING!, two Deaf men, not realizing that the other is Deaf, fantasize about each other while inside the elevator of an advertising agency in New York.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6-9pm

Where: Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd #122, Austin, TX 78702

Directed by: Mallory Malzkuhn & Kalie Kubes

Join us for an evening of love, laughter, tears, and strolling down memory lane as we explore the power of clothes. A well-worn old piece of clothing can activate your sense memory with just a touch or the aroma of a familiar scent.

Love, Loss and What I Wore is a collection of monologues and ensemble pieces about women reflecting on memories of favorite clothing items, their mothers, prom dresses, finding the right bra, successful and not so successful marriages, only wearing black, to name a few. This amazing play is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.

“Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…but [the play] is not a comedy: A story about black cowboy boots becomes a sad tale of being underappreciated in a relationship; a tale of two women shopping for their wedding outfits ends bittersweetly; and the recollection of a new bra is a quiet testament to a women’s search for dignity while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.” —NY Times.

“So funny and so powerful; so dear and sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers—I think it can’t miss.” —WowOwow.com.

Deaf Austin Theatre (DAT) and Deaf SHARE are collaborating to produce this one-night fundraiser event to support the operations of Deaf SHARE. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese social gathering at 6pm, with the performance beginning at 7pm.

Performance will be in ASL but will include voice interpreting.


VIP-$30 (in addition to the wine an cheese social, this includes one comp. glass of champagne and early admittance to pick your seats early)

General Admission-$20 (includes entry to wine and cheese social)

Tickets on sale now: https://bpt.me/4522853

This fundraising event will be held on March 7, 2020 at Ground Floor Theatre, located at 979 Springdale Rd #122, Austin, TX 78702.

Cast List:

Bethany Borsotti

Stephanie Hurwitz

Heba Toulan

Ash Schem

Arlene Ngalle

Nida Din

Erica Parker

Ames Biskupiak

Amy Weaver

Yan Liu

Latasha Dupar

Next to Normal

For Tickets, visit: https://groundfloortheatre.buyplaytix.com/reserve/next_to_normal.html

December 5 – 21, 2019

Music by

Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics by

Brian Yorkey


Lisa Scheps & Brian Cheslik

Musical Director

Adam Roberts & Dr Ellie Jarret Shattles


Kelsey Oliver


Next To Normal  explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. 

Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

Deaf Austin Theatre has teamed up with Ground Floor Theatre for this production of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer prize winning show and will be fully deaf inclusive. Each character will be played by 2 cast members – one deaf, one hearing.


Diana……………………….Megg Rose

                                      Kerry McGinnis

Gabe………………………..Riley Wesson

Dan………………………….Jim Lindsay

                                      Seth Washington

Natalie…………………….Sandra Mae Frank*

                                      Maryanna Tollemache

Henry……………………….Daniel Ponce

                                      Tarique Sylvester

Dr Madden………………Kirk Kelso

                                     JoAnn Benfield

*Member of Actor’s Equity

Scenic Design

Zac Crofford

Costume & Prop Design

Patti Neff-Tiven

Lighting Design

Amber Whatley

Sound Design

Jeff Miller

Graphic Design

Drew Riley

ASL Interpreter Coordinator

Sharon Ploeger

Production Stage Manager

Kelsey Moringy

Performances will be at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd; Suite 122, Austin, TX  78702

For Tickets, visit: https://groundfloortheatre.buyplaytix.com/reserve/next_to_normal.html