Plays of Our Own is the first anthology of its kind containing an eclectic range of plays by Deaf and hard-of-hearing writers. These writers have made major, positive contributions to world drama or Deaf theatre arts.

Their topics range from those completely unrelated to deafness to those with strong Deaf-related themes such as a dreamy, headstrong girl surviving a male-dominated world in Depression-era Ireland; a famous Spanish artist losing his hearing while creating his most controversial art; a Deaf African-American woman dealing with AIDS in her family; and a Deaf peddler ridiculed and rejected by his own kind for selling ABC fingerspelling cards. The plays are varied in style – a Kabuki western, an ensemble-created variety show, a visual-gestural play with no spoken nor signed language, a cartoon tragicomedy, historical and domestic dramas, and a situation comedy. This volume contains the well-known Deaf theatre classics, My Third Eye and A Play of Our Own.

At long last, directors, producers, Deaf and hearing students, professors, and researchers will be able to pick up a book of "Deaf plays" for production consideration, Deaf culture or multicultural analysis, or the simple pleasure of reading.


chapter |9 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

The King of Spain's Daughter

chapter 2|29 pages

My Third Eye

The National Theatre of the Deaf Ensemble

chapter 3|5 pages

Dorothy Miles, A Play of Our Own

chapter 3|39 pages

A Play of Our Own

chapter 5|4 pages

Stephen C. Baldwin, Deaf Smith

The Great Texian Scout

chapter 5|16 pages

Deaf Smith

The Great Texian Scout

chapter 6|5 pages

Bruce Hlibok, WomanTalk

chapter 6|26 pages


chapter 7|4 pages

Aaron Weir Kelstone, 25 Cents

chapter 7|13 pages

25 Cents

chapter 8|4 pages

Patricia A. Durr, META

chapter 8|31 pages


chapter 9|40 pages

The Middle of Nowhere

chapter 10|40 pages

A Not So Quiet Nocturne

chapter 11|17 pages

Profile of a Deaf Peddler

chapter 14|35 pages

Lost in the Hereafter