Play: I Never Slept With Helen Keller

MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL  presents

I Never Slept with Helen Keller

a new play by Deaf playwright Raymond Luczak

August 3 – 10, 2007

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Show Information: http://www.handtype.com/helenkeller/

Fringe Festival Information:

www.fringefestival.org

 

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Commentary: I was notified of this play through a Seattle friend and I was overcome with excitement. Raymond Luczak is a well-known Deaf writer, his name has floated around me several times. After reading his foreword for the play, I was truly blown away and affected by this sighted person’s take on DeafBlindhood and especially the stigma of being a Helen Keller typecast myself.

I have been told many times in the past few years since my “coming out” that I was the “next Helen Keller”. That scored some self-esteem points with me for a while until I learned who Helen Keller truly was, and the heavy stereotype that society spoke of that did not truly reflect the entire Deaf Blind community. Luczak says it all beautifully, especially when he speaks with passion of his involvement and education by, with and of the Deaf Blind community. Just by absorbing his words, I just know that this play he has written truly comes from his heart and soul.

The play will educate not only the attendees at this festival, but there is hope that this show or others will finally break the pedestal that people put us on. Especially when the one of the acting troupe, Jessica Eggert, has Usher Syndrome .

When someone, I forget who, told me that I should abandon the thinking that I would be the next Helen Keller, I actually took that as an offense. But he/she made me see that I’m not the shadow nor image of a successful and unforgettable decades-old role model, but I am my own for today’s generation. At last, I say:

I am the one and only Christine “Coco” Roschaert. Remember that, even as you meet other Deaf Blind people. They are their own person in their right. Learn from us, not from history.

I really want to go see this show. But I have no financial means to make it over to Minnesota. What a shame! I hope Luczak takes his show on the road, and I most definitely will be there in the future.

Tactile love, Coco

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6 Responses to Play: I Never Slept With Helen Keller

  1. Stanelle says:

    You are you,..yourself,..who else would you be?

  2. michele says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Im curious as to what you found out about Helen Keller – the only things i know about her that she believed in socialism, she preferred oralism over sign language and never really socialized with deaf people. I would be curious to see what else you found out about her. I also wonder about her “teacher”, Anne Sullivan, did she control her life, as that woman was with Helen for so many years.

    Thanks!

  3. michele says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Im curious as to what you found out about Helen Keller – the only things i know about her that she believed in socialism, she preferred oralism over sign language and never really socialized with deaf people. I would be curious to see what else you found out about her. I also wonder about her “teacher”, Anne Sullivan, did she control her life, as that woman was with Helen for so many years.

    Thanks! I look forward to your response to my questions. 🙂

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  5. Hello:

    I don’t know if I’ve already submitted my comments, but I do want to thank you for your kind words about my observations about Helen Keller. I would be more than happy to talk with anyone or an organization willing to pay for the actresses and me to fly over to Seattle for a performance or two.

    Raymond Luczak
    BOOKS * FILMS * PLAYS
    http://www.raymondluczak.com/

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