The IRT Theater Deaf Emerging Artists Festival (D.E.A.F.)

The IRT Theater Deaf Emerging Artists Festival (D.E.A.F.) is an annual one-week program of performances, screenings and workshops aimed at creating common ground for Deaf and hearing artists.
D.E.A.F. 2010: June 1-6
All events at IRT: 154 Christopher St., #3B
Individual Tickets $9.99 for Shows and Workshop

June1&2 (Tues./Wed)-7pm
MO2 Productions: UnContentED Love

An hour long visual presentation of spats, physical fights, repressed desires and lovers misunderstandings. And perhaps a hopeful kiss. This production takes many of the pearls created by Shakespeare and makes a new necklace. These re-strung fun old scenes take on new life and meaning. These excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays are performed in a striking visual presentation that includes ASL, VGC [Visual Gestural Communication], spoken English, and physical movements. The poetry comes alive in this accessible bringing together of characters from Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen from Verona and more.

Directors: Monique Holt and Tim Chamberlain
Stage Manager: Thadeus Brown
Light Designer: Norah Matthews
MO2 Ensemble: James Caverly, Colin Analco, Sandra Frank, Aaron Halleck, Amelia Hensley, Annette McAllister, Michael Sprouse, and Caroline Suggs

June 2  (Wed)-8:30pm (Free)
Open Mic Night

(Taking Stage Night) Tonight YOU take the stage! Do you have a monologue? A poem? Can you tell a great story or maybe dance? When you come to see this show you will have an opportunity to sign-up to step on stage yourself. You can join the regular performers, NYC professionals, NTID students, published poets and people who are taking that first big risk of showing what they can do to an audience or you can sit back relax and watch a variety show. At the end of the evening everyone will have time to drink, be social, chat and share ideas.

June 3 (Thurs)- 7pm

Every BOX has six sides, twelve edges, and eight corners. It is consistent. It is what’s expected. It does not change. We often make ourselves slaves to finite expectations. When does our BOX become a prison?

Told predominantly through movement, this theater piece contemplates the safety, the comfort, and the joy of the BOX we know, all the while asking us to consider the possibilities that can arise when one is willing to step outside of that with which we are familiar and perhaps love more than anything else, in order to experience or perchance even to create something new.

Are you intrepid, or are you content with the finite definition of happiness and success that our social order dictates? Find out as you take this theatrical journey exploring a life lived inside and outside the BOX.

BOX made its debut at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “. . . thought provoking, innovative, interesting . . . not for traditionalists.”-

June 4 (Fri.)-7pm

David Rivera and Douglas Ridloff are the yin and yang of ASL. The storytelling masters complement each other as DR2 salty and sweet, funny and dark, hot and cool. The duo hurls story after story celebrating the tribulations and triumphs of Deafhood in academia and life beyond, hitting every single ASL genre: poetry using handshapes and numbers, cinematic storytelling, stand-up comedy and a fun thing called duo signing. Their voiced performance provides the link between Deafhood and the rest of the world. You just have to come and see for yourself.

June 5 (Sat.)-2-4
Del-Sign workshop

Del-Sign workshop, a fun hands-on acting workshop using a fusion Physical technique blending the foundations of Francois Delsarte movement and the Foundations of American Sign Language taught by Luane Davis Haggerty, Ph.D. co-Founder of IRT and professor/director for the National Technical Institute of Technology Performing arts department, with the assistance of NTID Student actors from the recent production of “Little Women”.

June 5 (Sat.)-7pm
Eddie Swayze: ASL poetry performance
Film screening: Miriam Nathan Lerner: The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox

In 1984 at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, poet Allan Ginsburg gavea reading attended not just by hearing audience members, but by several deaf people as well. Some had been translating English poetry into sign for years, but had not yet experimented with the idea of composing original poetry in American Sign Language – which is never written, but communicates through rich and intricate signs and body gestures that must be seen to be understood. An audience member translated part of Ginsburg’s written poem Howl into sign language: the phrase hydrogen jukebox. Watching the translation, Ginsburg was floored. He experienced an Ah ha! moment, and so did the entire audience. A new ASL poetry was born that night. It’s a literature of the flesh. It is kinetic, gorgeous, heart-rending, sexy, and its history makes beautiful cinema.

In The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox, Lerner has collected years of archival footage showing the proto-history of deaf poetry all the way back to the first filmed rendition, and proceeding to the Ginsburg breakthrough and decades beyond.

June 6 (Sun.)- 2pm
Andy Vasnick

In a special presentation from New York Deaf Theatre, Andy Vasnick, a Deaf
actor who was last seen in the motion picture, “Gerald”, as a young man’s
recently-discovered grandfather who happens to also be autistic, shares some
special experiences he’s had over the years, and takes questions from the
audience, too.

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Yoga Wagon


I fell off the yoga wagon.

Haven’t been to a class in over two weeks. My life is shifting right now, causing my schedule to bumble around. First, my spouse and I are preparing to move to Virginia. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from where we are now, but we still need to pack up and load every dish, book, and piece of furniture. I’ve been donating stuff and shredding files like crazy. I started playing tennis again, and I’m adding a writing class as well as a writing workshop to my week. Not to mention my freelancing is picking up, I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen due to Clean Eating, and my husband and I are dealing with the emotional turmoil of fertility issues as we try to start a family. The yoga studio is a good 30-minute drive from my house. No wonder I haven’t been making it over there lately.

I remember when I was a law student I was particularly stressed out one semester. At the time I was debating adopting a puppy. “Try to minimize the stress in your life,” my parents cautioned. I adopted the puppy anyway, but I thought it was good advice. Even though I’m excited about the events in my life (moving, taking a class, more work assignments), change takes its toll. What can I do to minimize the stress?

I let go of a column that I enjoyed writing but that didn’t pay. I asked my husband to take over some of the dinner duties (grilled salmon, yum!). My parents are going to help with the move. Also, there is a yoga studio that is closer to my current place. I’ll try it out next time. I feel calmer already.Š

Dealing Your Impotency Issues with Vardenafil HCL 20mg

Problems with penile erection may seem a simple problem but somehow can make a man’s life miserable. For one, the ill condition can greatly affect a person emotionally due to accumulation of anxiety, depression, and the fear of being rejected. Certain diseases have also been proven to link with impotency, such as heart problems and the loss of sexual libidos. In short, erection problems can deteriorate a man’s overall health – both the psychological and physical aspect. It has the potential to destroy romantic relationships and even worst, can lead to serious psychological problems. Recently, specific drugs have been designed to counteract with erection dysfunction – Vardenafil hcl 20mg, the most recommended medication by physicians to improve sexual performance among men.

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Lazy Bones

During yoga class the teacher, Tina, tells me to lift up a bit. I’m squatting in a pose (it’s sort of this made up pose that I’ve dubbed the Tinasana) and Tina says my middle is sagging.

“The muscles in your body will automatically revert to being lazy if given the chance,” she says.

Lazy? But I’m working so hard, I think.

Later, in Warrior II I’m concentrating on my arms when Tina reminds me to firm my thighs. If I don’t pay attention, they become lazy.

Yet another pose and my feet are splaying instead of pointing in the right direction. Guess why?

Really. Out of all the things in the world, I don’t consider myself lazy. But apparently even when I’m truly working on my alignment there are parts of my body that are secretly trying to get away with as little as possible.

After class I start thinking . . . does that apply to other areas of my life?

No way. I’m motivated! Diligent!Relentless in my pursuits!

Aren’t I?

Except in the mornings. I like to linger in bed. It’s warm and cozy. Plus I’m still sleepy. By the time I do get up, shower, and eat breakfast, I’m always surprised at how much of the day has gotten away from me before I make it to my home office.

And walking. I love my afternoon walks. Love them. Then why do I skip them from time to time, opting instead to sit and work a little longer?

Speaking of work, I realized something as I began investigating this whole laziness issue. If I have ten things on my “To Do” list, I tend to opt for the easiest projects first. When I do start working on a hard topic (say an article that requires a lot of research or possibly a personal essay that forces me to do some inner work), I will drop it as soon as I feel stuck. I tell myself I’ll get back to it and turn my attention to the easier assignments again.

Isn’t it funny the insights yoga gives us into our lives? So if you’ll excuse me, I have an article I’ve put off. I’d better get working on it.

Can I Buy Diflucan Over The Counter?

Over the counter medicines are drugs that can be sold directly to patients having a valid prescription from a doctor or any healthcare professionals. The reason why some drugs are not allowed to be sold directly to consumers over the counter is to make sure that these drugs will only be given to the right patients with the right illness. Some people may think that they already know everything about drugs, or some might think that  some drugs intended for a specific illness that have been prescribed to someone they know, would still be applicable to them; but that kind of thinking should never be pursued.

All drugs have different formulation and ingredients. Some may contain harmful or poisonous ingredients, some might cause drug addiction that could be used for wrong doings, and some drugs might contain an ingredient that can make a person allergic. These are the reasons why not all drugs are sold directly over the counter. Over the counter drugs are regulated by selected regulatory agencies which checks the drug whether it is safe to be taken by common consumers.

Fungal infections are common illness acquired by people and are mainly caused by bacterial infections. To treat these fungal diseases, antifungal agents should be taken just like Fluconazole or Diflucan. The thing about this medicine (Diflucan) is that it is a broad spectrum antifungal agent; it means that it kills a wide range of bacteria. Diflucan are available in tablets and IV (Intravenous injection). Diflucan is used to treat candidal infections caused by the Candida bacteria, urinary tract infections, peritonitis, and pneumonia. Read more…

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