Please UNtranslate Me by Monique Holt Presented by IRT Theater
New York, NY
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Please UNtranslate Me by Monique Holt Presented by IRT Theater

Please UNtranslate Me, written by Deaf playwright, Monique Holt, will explore the very essence of the ASL language and will portray the Deaf experience and culture in their living visual language.

LENGTH OF SHOW: 1 hr, Q&A following performances
PRICE: Pay-What-You-Can
Link to the presentation will be sent to your email two hours before the presentation begins.

Performed in American Sign Language with English subtitles.

Playwright/Director: Monique Holt
Dramaturg: Haruna Lee
Assistant Director: Amelia Hensley
Actors: James Caverly, Maleni Chaitoo, Dickie Hearts, Andrew Morrill, Jackie Roth
Production Stage Manager: Emily Hart
Animator: Jianye Wang
Graphics:Virginia Shou

Producer: Kori Rushton
Associate Producer: C. Golden

Associate Producer of IRT Theater: Samantha Geffen
Development Director: Stacy Donovan
Technical Director: Daryl Shelton
Master Electrician: Daniel Conner
Social Media Manager: Jessica Schmidt
Executive Assistant: Charlie Chauca

Monique Holt (Playwright/Director) wears many theater hats. ACTOR: Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Harlequin Productions). Worker Chen in Snow in Midsummer and Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). DIRECTOR: Cloud 9, Urinetown, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Deafhood Monologues, TITUS and a short film  Always A Bridesmaid? CREATOR/WRITER: Night Was So Hungry That Ate The Moon, The Dark Room, and The ORbit. DASL (Director for Artistic Sign Language) Cymbeline, Movement of the Soul, peeling, and Grisha (film).  LECTURER: Translating Shakespearean Text into Sign Language 2009  present. In Seattle, she does consulting work for theater communities and works for Deaf Spotlight as a theater director  creating programs. CREDENTIALS: BFA in Acting  NYU & MFA in Theater  Towson University.

Amelia Hensley (Associate Director)- Broadway: Spring Awakening (Deaf West). Off Broadway: I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons). NYC: Sylvia (NYDT), Dancing Girl (She NYC Arts), Stepchild (IRT Theater), Rape of Lucretia (New Camerata Opera).  Seattle: A Midsummer Nights Dream (12th Ave Arts), Skin (Deaf Spotlight). LA: Spring Awakening (Deaf West), Our Town (Pasadena Playhouse) Romeo and Juliet (Sontag Greek Theatre). DC: The Lady Becomes Him, (Faction of Fools), Peepshow (Dog & Pony DC), Noises Off (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival).

Haruna Lee is a Taiwanese-Japanese-American theater maker, educator, facilitator and consultant whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice while committed to promoting arts activism and emergent strategies through ethical and process-based collaborations. Their play Suicide Forest (Bushwick Starr & Ma-Yi Theater Company) published by 53rd State Press was a New York Times Critics Pick and appeared on Vultures top 10 shows of 2019. Other plays include plural (love) (New Georges, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), and Memory Retrograde (The Publics Under the Radar Festival Incoming! Series). Lee is a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, A Map Fund grant, Lotos Foundation Prize for Directing, a New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, and has received support from the Mental Insight Foundation, FCA, NYSCA, and the NEA. They were a member of the 2019 artEquity cohort, a national facilitation training for artists and activists. They currently teach at NYUs Experimental Theater Wing.

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRTs mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final.


Performed in American Sign Language with English subtitles.
New York, NY 10014
United States


Online / Streaming / Virtual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!