Monique Holt


December 15-18 2021


Please UNtranslate Me, written by Deaf playwright, Monique Holt, explores the very essence of the ASL language in theatre of the absurd. The story portrays the Deaf experience and culture in their living visual language. Using magic curtain and interactive moving images, this production will explore the question, “What does ‘UN-translating’ a language mean to the ASL users?”. This year we are focussed on putting the full-length play on stage live.

Performed in American Sign Language with English Open Caption.

*Covid-19 Proof of Vaccination required for entry – more information below.

Dec 15-18, 2021 7pm
Dec 18, 2021 2pm
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Playwright|Director: Monique Holt

 H-Dirksen L. Bauman & Haruna Lee
Assistant Director: Amelia Hensley
Actors: Jules Dameron, Dickie Hearts,  Malik Paris, Jackie Roth, and Neil Sprouse

Lights: Annie Wiegand
Set: Jonathan Mesich

Production Stage Manager: Emily Hart
Graphics:Virginia Shou
Q & A Moderator: Garrett Zuercher

Producer: Kori Rushton

Associate Producer of IRT Theater: Samantha Geffen
Development Director: Stacy Donovan
Technical Director: Daryl Shelton
Master Electrician: Daniel Conner
Social Media Manager: 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 9UrinetownCaucasian Chalk Circle, Deafhood Monologues, TITUS and a short film – Always A Bridesmaid? CREATOR/WRITER: Night Was So Hungry That Ate The MoonThe Dark Room, and The “OR”bit. DASL (Director for Artistic Sign Language) Cymbeline, Movement of the Soul, peeling, and Grisha (film).  LECTURER: “Translating Shakespearean Text into Sign Language” 2009 – present. MoMo also teaches for Theatre and Dance Program under School of Arts and Humanities at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.CREDENTIALS: BFA in Acting – NYU & MFA in Theater – Towson University.

This performance will be seated at 100% capacity. All guests (ages 2+) are required to wear a face-covering, regardless of vaccination status and must show proof of vaccination. However, performers will not be masked.

There are multiple ways to show proof of vaccination.

1. A photo or hard copy of their CDC vaccination card
2. NYC COVID Safe App
3. New York State Excelsior App
4.Official vaccine record
5. A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

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,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.

Please UNtranslate Me is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural for captioning and ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) and The Peg Santvoord Foundation, Inc.

-All sales final
-There is no late seating at IRT Theater
-Covid-19 Proof of Vaccination required for entry.

***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. Please reach out to Kori Rushton if you have any accessibility questions or concerns, ***