On a tour of the United States, Silent NO MORE brings funny, true and moving stories from individuals with hearing loss to San Diego- June 29
San Diego CA— No Limits, a nationwide nonprofit organization with over 23 years of empowering deaf children and families to dream big for their futures, presents Silent NO MORE on one night only Saturday, June 29 at 5 p.m. at the Lyceum Theater. Directed by No Limits Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Michelle Christie, the original live theatrical performance is an intimate storytelling event comprised of witty, inspiring and raw stories of growing up with hearing loss, highlighting both the struggles and success of living in the modern world. The cast of Silent NO MORE features five-time American Comedy Award nominee Kathy Buckley (the award winning PBS special “No Labels, No Limits”), acclaimed author Rebecca Alexander (“Not Fade Away”), San Diego natives Delanie Harrington, Brett Havertz and Alli Emge, David Hawkins, John Autry, Margoth Granados, Henry Greenfield, and Britani Almazan. Tickets are $25 and include the 1-hour performance, an open-forum Q&A with cast and audience members, a meet & greet and book signing.
“Silent NO MORE is a powerful performance comprised of monologues that will inspire, entertain and maybe even move you to tears,” said Dr. Michelle Christie, Founder and Executive Director of No Limits. “This theatrical performance bridges the gap between the Deaf community and spoken community to inspire everyone to join forces in making a difference.”
Having performed to sold-out audiences across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Silent NO MORE is comprised of real stories that remind audience of the power of the human spirit. The evening concludes with a Q&A with cast and audience members from the deafSign and deafSpeak communities; a discussion which will tackle head-on the debate between the Deaf community who sign and the deaf community who speaks with the purpose to bridge the gap between both worlds. ASL Interpreter and Live Captioning will be available.
To purchase your tickets, visit www.donate.nolimitsfordeafchildren.org/campaigns/10164-silent-no-more-san-diego or call 310.280.0878. For more information about No Limits, nationwide programming or the organization’s other initiatives visit www.nolimitsfordeafchildren.org
About Kathy Buckley
Actress and comedienne Kathy Buckley has been a cast member touring with Silent NO MORE across the country. Buckley is a five-time American Comedy Award nominee and her television appearances include roles in TV series such as “Touched by an Angel,” as well as appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” “The Today Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” CNN, and HBO. E! Entertainment named her one of the “World’s Most Intriguing Women” in their original special. In addition to comedy, Kathy starred in her own original award-winning PBS special, “No Labels, No Limits.” A sought-after motivational speaker, she has inspired people around the nation, speaking at corporate events, conferences, and universities.
About Rebecca Alexander
Rebecca Alexander is an author who has appeared on “Today,” “Morning Joe,” “The Meredith Vieira Show,” and “The Dr. Oz Show” in discussion of her memoir, “Not Fade Away,” about living with Usher syndrome type III, a rare genetic mutation that impacts her hearing and sight. Simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child, at the age of 18, a fall from a window also left her completely physically shattered. Rebecca refused to lose her drive, her zest for life and – maybe most importantly – her sense of humor, and now, at 37, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters degrees from Columbia University, and an athlete who teaches spin classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races.
About Dr. Michelle Christie, Director
Director of Silent NO MORE, Dr. Michelle Christie, a 2017 CNN Hero, founded No Limits in 1996 to help deaf children and their families gain the skills in school and in life through national theater program and after-school educational centers. After 18 years in the entertainment industry, Dr. Christie decided to follow her dream of working with children with hearing loss. She earned a Masters Degree in Education, with a full fellowship and distinguished honors from the USC/John Tracy Clinic Program. Since starting No Limits out of her one-bedroom apartment, she has directed over 110 original productions throughout the country. Dr. Christie has written and produced all the children’s plays so that each play can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the young actors involved.
After traveling around the country working with children and families, she realized that children who reside in poverty often do not have resources to excel in school, compared to their more affluent peers. In 2002, Dr. Christie expanded No Limits to provide comprehensive educational services year-round to impoverished deaf children. Her curriculum has been used in underdeveloped countries, including Africa and India. She later received her Doctorate in Education from UCLA with honors.
It began Dr. Christie’s mission to create a grassroots effort to educate people across the world about the struggles and triumphs of people with hearing loss as well as bridge the tension between the DeafSign and deafSpeak communities. Her passion is embodied in the national production of Silent NO MORE. Dr. Christie has directed productions across the countries featuring different cast members sharing their inspiring stories to sold-out audiences, including at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. Silent NO MORE has received rave reviews for its ability to educate, entertain and inspire audiences. Dr. Christie has written and compiled these stories and authored a book of the same name.
As a leader in the field of deafness, Dr. Christie has been the subject of multiple documentaries for her revolutionary educational techniques that have been replicated nationwide. She was featured on OPRAH, The Learning Channel, PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, and numerous local news stations throughout the country. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her outstanding work with children with hearing loss. Dr. Christie was honored as a 2017 CNN Hero as well as recognized in May of 2018 on Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes. Dr. Christie’s passion and revolutionary techniques for children with hearing loss and their parents have allowed thousands of individuals with hearing loss to dream, speak, achieve, and inspire.