Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Man of La Mancha as the Governor and Inkeeper plus Social Networking

I am currently rehearsing in an ASL theatrical production titled Man of La Mancha, directed by Luane Davis Haggerty, in which I will act as the Governor and the Inkeeper. I also am going to do the social networking of this production that would promote the show out to the public through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and so forth. Man of La Mancha will perform at MuCCC (Multi-use Community Cultural Center) in Rochesster, NY from May 30th to June 2nd. 

Here are some digital-manipulated photos of the rehearsal. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam 10th Anniversary Performances

On January 26th, Lovin' Cup had a show titled Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam 10th Anniversary. Hearing poets or performers did their readings in English, and deaf/hard of hearing performers did theirs in American Sign Language (ASL). This 10th anniversary event celebrated the 10th year of the event. 

As for myself as a master of ceremony and also performing artist, I introduced the deaf/hard of hearing performers that I recruited. I also performed my poem Orange Monkey, an anti-Trump protest piece of work, in ASL. I then translated Patti Smith's "People Have the Power" song into ASL while playing the song. Lastly, I performed my short story about gay cats with humor titled "Felines Brawl", done in ASL. 

Again, the crowd turned out packed and the event was a success. John Roche, my master of ceremony partner (who recruited the hearing performers) and I were pleased with the results. We thank Lovin Cup for allowing us to present this unique performance show for 10 years. 

Here are photos you can rejoice looking at.

 Here is my performance of Patti Smith "People Have the Power" song

 John Roche and Myself as Maters of Ceremonies

Two great interpreters Sarah and Cindy did great job

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam 10th Anniversary

It's officially 10th anniversary of Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam at Lovin Cup. Once again, deaf/hard of hearing and hearing poets/performers will take turns on stage throughout the hours, which will be ASL interpreted and English spoken interpreted for the deaf and hearing audience. Of course, it's free to the public. This interactive deaf and hearing world performance has been entertaining the public in unique ways that are rare to see: the presentation of both, deaf/hard of hearing's ASL and hearing's English work. Come down and see the one of the kind performance event from 2 PM to 5 PM. Please spread the words. It will take place at Lovin Cup in Rochester, NY.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Proud and Gay" and "Rainbow Flag on My Back" Digital Photos Accepted for Exhibition

Two of my digital photos got accepted by the jurists to be exhibited at National Technical Institute for the Deaf's Dyer Arts Center. The exhibit titled "Cultivating Connections: Growing Communities in the Flower City" will start on November 2nd and will continue until December 15th. 

The two photos are LGBTQ pride related and deaf culture. "Proud and Gay" is a photo of my friend wearing a rainbow tie and he signed "Proud" and "Gay" at the same time when I took the picture. I then manipulated the image by removing the color of his body and only kept the rainbow tie in color (rainbow). I removed the background and added a light blue with textures on it around the person.

"Rainbow Flag on My Back" is a self-portrait of myself holding the rainbow flag on my back while leaning on the wall. I manipulated the work with tricks that enabled it to become more aesthetic: transparent white spray paint as light shining on me, softened the image, added little sharp edges, and adding subtle paint splashes on the wall around me. 

Here are the photos for you to look at. You can click on the to see the larger.

Dangerous Signs at Little Theatre, Fringe Festival 2018

On September 21st, 2018, I and the cast members as Dangerous Signs performed our "Beyond Words" show at the Little Theatre for Rochester's annual Fringe Festival. The poems, songs, and skits were very political and powerful: gun violence, Black Lives Matter, Me, Too, immigration issues, LGBTQ rights, and so on. The crowd turned out pretty much a full house and it was a success. 

Dangerous Signs is an ASL (American Sign Language) performance arts group. I performed several skits, poems, and songs with the group, using ASL, on stage. We did "Hold Fast to Dreams" by Langston Hughes, "Freeze" (anonymous about gun violence", U2 "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way", and several more. The show was directed by Luane Davis Haggerty.

Here are the pictures. You can click on them in order to see them bigger.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Two Self-Portraits for NTID 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Two prints of my self-portrait came in the mail from an online printing service. I opened the package and my God I was stunned by the excessive beauty of the work. The two work are printed at 16x20 size. 

National Technical Institute for the Deaf will exhibit these two photos for their 50th Anniversary event coming up this early June. The jurists chose the two work. The art exhibit will showcase artwork by deaf and hard of hearing artists from all over the country. I am indeed honored and excited to become part of the big exhibit during the 50th Anniversary. As the fact, I am an Alumni and enrolled the institution in 1983. This artwork contribution will only make me feel special, for I was a student there back then. 

Enjoy the picture below and you need to click on the picture in order to see it bigger.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

As Orin for Little Shop of Horrors

I performed as a bad dentist Orin for Little Shop of Horrors that took place at MuCCC theatre downtown Rochester from April 26th to April 29th. This production was directed by Luane Davis Haggerty, which American Sign Language (ASL) was used among the deaf/hard of hearing/ASL-skilled hearing cast members; spoken English words were used with songs and spoken lines onstage. There was a live band onstage, which they were fabulous. A plant Audrey 2 had sign language person and two sign language persons (when grown the largest toward the end of the show). The puppeteer Tess did the tasks amazingly. 

I had a great time acting as a stupid, ridiculous, arsehole Orin with lines that were hysterical and acting that turned out exaggerated as mean, idiotic, and funny. This character I was in made me see how a person with that kind of personality really look like and act like in real life out there ( know...our leader in D.C. - sigh). I was able to act like the bad dentist when thinking of Grinch in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and Alec Baldwin as Trump on Saturday Night Live. That kind of thinking enabled me to be funny and mean at the same time, which is rewarding for me to be able to do so. I also went beyond just using ASL when acting as Orin. I created sign language that are not usually used during regular conversations with the deaf/hard of hearing/ASL-skilled people out in the public. I created sign languages that were home-made by myself. 

For example, "Oh, Seymore, I'm flying now!" I used my two hands and had them next to my left and right side of my head, and then moved them like wings of a bird, flapping them up and down, showing that my head is really flying as "High" due to the laughing gas. This kind of creativity enabled my character to be much more hilarious. All in all, acting as Orin, the bad dentist, had been a great and favorite character I have ever acted in. 

I shall thank Annette Dragon for photographing me as Orin. Enjoy the pictures. In order to see them larger, you need to click on the pictures.