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Playback Your Story
Performances & Videos

Join us for a series of performances and videos by John Johnson and company at Olmsted Green, on the Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university where all programming and services are designed for deaf and hard of hearing students. Playback Your Story will offer a new understanding of the impact of changing demographics around the Gallaudet University, Union Market, and Trinidad neighborhoods by telling the area’s community experiences and rich history through these performances.

The November 12 performance will feature an interactive, improvisational play, titled Playback Theatre. Johnson, along with his team of Katie Davis, Jason Anderson, Flawn Williams, Jamil Johnson, and Beth Ferraro, recorded over twenty interviews within the past six weeks, which will be playing intermittently. American Sign Language-English interpreters will be provided. These stories weave together community members’ connections and will inspire local residents to interact with one another and understand the roots of these neighborhoods.

Event is free and open to the public. Register to receive updates and rain date location.


About Crossing the Street:
This event is part of the Washington, DC city-wide Crossing the Street grant initiative. Crossing the Street is made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The initiative, taking place in select neighborhoods around the District that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change, aims is to create more locally sensitive public spaces that promote health, happiness, and neighborhood wellbeing by engaging in civic activities that capitalize on community assets.

To learn more about the project, click here.