|Meet the Author: Willy Conley *Rescheduled*|
Event Type: Adult Event|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been rescheduled for March 4.Library: Miller
Award-winning playwright Willy Conley discusses his debut novel, The Deaf Heart. Told through a series of quirky, irreverent short stories and letters home during the early 1980s, The Deaf Heart chronicles a year in the life of Dempsey "Max" McCall, a Deaf biomedical photography resident at a teaching hospital on the island of Galveston, Texas. Max strives to become certified as a Registered Biological Photographer while straddling the deaf and hearing worlds.
Conley's stories, some humorous, some poignant, reveal Max's struggles and triumphs as he attempts to succeed in the hearing world while at the same time navigating the multicultural and linguistic diversity within the Deaf world.
Willy Conley is a professor of Theatre Arts in the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Conley is an award-winning playwright whose work has appeared in American Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences Today, and several anthologies. He has two books of plays, Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays and Broken Spokes. His plays have had professional productions both nationally and internationally at venues that include the Kennedy Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, ARBOS, CenterStage, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. He has garnered awards from the VSA Playwrights Discovery Competition, The American Deaf Drama Festival, the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund, and is the recipient of a PEW/National Theatre Artist Residency grant.
"Willy Conley's novel is rich and gripping, handsomely capturing the deaf aspect of human experience."--David Hays, Founder and Director of the National Theatre of the Deaf
Voice interpretation provided. In partnership with Howard County Association of the Deaf. Sponsored by Friends of HCLS.