James Caverly & Andrew Morrill


Feb 11 & 12 2022

IN RESIDENCE: November 16, 2021- February 14, 2022

Jake and Tim are Deaf roommates in the city. Jake is a pessimistic account manager for a video-relay service company. Tim survives on a part-time gig as an ASL teacher, constantly hustling for free stuff. One morning, a heated argument unfolds in the kitchen– who’s turn is it to throw out the trash? As their argument escalates, they get a glimpse into their lives as two Deaf individuals navigating a world that’s not made for them. Throughout the course of the play, the audience weighs their opinions and ultimately decides which roommate deserves to throw out the trash.

Feb 11 & 12 (invite only)
LENGTH OF SHOW: 60 minutes 
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Performed in American Sign Language with English Open Caption.

Playwright: James Caverly & Andrew Morrill
Michelle Banks

James Caverly, Treshelle Edmond, Dickie Hearts, Chris Ogren and Andrew Morrill

Producer: Kori Rushton
Production Manager: Meghan McVann

James Caverly is a theatre actor, director, playwright, and Director of Artistic Sign Language. He has performed on Children of a Lesser God at Studio 54. Regional credits include: Huntington Theatre Co., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, and SpeakEasy Stage Co. He has directed works for Gallaudet University, Kent State University, New York Deaf Theatre, and Mosaic Theatre Co. His written works, A Better Place, Surprise Guest, and See/Hear/Speak No Beast have been produced at Deaf Austin Theatre, Deaf Spotlight, and Kent State University, respectively. He also appeared in Hulu’s Only Murders In The Building and NBC’s Chicago Med (season 4).

Andrew Morrill is a MFA Acting candidate at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a theatre actor, filmmaker, and teacher. He spent his time in Washington, DC and New York doing various devised pieces and workshops including Quid Pro Quo (Mosaic Theatre Company), Seven Stages (dog & pony DC), The Music Man (Olney Theatre Center). New York credit: Dancing Girl (sheNYCArts). His selected credits include Titus Andronicus (Illinois Theatre), Hit the Wall (Illinois Theatre) and Cloud Nine (Gallaudet Theatre).

Michelle A. Banks is an award-winning actress, writer, director, producer, motivational speaker, and teacher.  She has taught deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children K-12 for over 30 years in performing arts and American Sign Language (ASL). Former Artistic Director of Onyx Theatre Company for over 11 years in NYC. Her other achievements include the 2017 recipient of Gallaudet University’s Laurent Clerc Award; the 2002 recipient of the Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship; an Individual Achievement Award from the National Council on Communicative Disorders; a featured article in the February 1998 issue of ESSENCE magazine. Her acting appearances include SOLE (T.V. Pilot), THE C.A. LYONS PROJECT (Alliance Theatre), SOUL FOOD (Showtime Series), STRONG MEDICINE (Lifetime), GIRLFRIENDS (UPN), COMPENSATION (Independent Film), FOR GIRLS WHO CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN RAINBOW IS ENUF) (NY & LA) and BIG RIVER (Mark Taper Forum & Ford Theater)Michelle’s most recent directing credits: ISM, WHACKED!, A Sneak Peek of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (short film), Gallaudet University’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, LOOK THROUGH MY EYESSILENT SCREAMZ: A CHRISTMAS STORYWHAT IT’S LIKE? (One Man Show) and IN SIGHT AND SOUND: DE(A)F POETRY I, II, & III.  Currently, Michelle Banks is the Artistic Director of Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) – www.visionariesofthecreativearts.org

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.

TRASH was originally developed through IRT’s Residency Program & JACK Labs. 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, support 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)