Bigger Dreams: A Two Act Play about Deaf Politician Gary Malkowski

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AuthorHouse, May 12, 2003 - Music - 144 pages
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BIGGER DREAMS: A Two Act Play about Deaf Politician Gary Malkowski

is the theatrical adaptation of Richard Medugno’s own 300+ page biography, DEAF POLITICIAN: The Gary Malkowski Story. The play opens with the discovery of young Gary’s deafness and follows his struggles with his hearing family and to become educated. The drama builds as Gary experiences a rebirth as a proud Deaf individual while attending Gallaudet University, climaxing with his return to Canada and historic election to the province of Ontario’s parliament. Mr. Malkowski’s story is dramatic, engaging and an inspiring testimony that deaf people "can do anything but hear."


has thirty-two roles for actors who are deaf; actors who are hearing and know sign language; and hearing actors who do not know sign language. As a performance piece, BIGGER DREAMS is an exciting full-length play filled with equal portions of humor and heartbreak. The playwright includes notes on successfully staging and casting the show. As a piece of literature, BIGGER DREAMS is ideal for scene study and can be read "aloud" in a classroom setting for Deaf Studies, English or Theatre courses. The script format makes Malkowski’s amazing life accessible, memorable and fun for Deaf and sign language students; members of the Deaf Community; parents and teacher of the deaf; and anyone who is interested in disability role models or exhilarating true stories.

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About the author (2003)

Richard Medugno, a graduate of UC Irvine’s School of Fine Arts, is a playwright and freelance writer who lives in Fremont, California with his wife and two children. Before moving to Northern California, Mr. Medugno resided in East York, Ontario, Canada, where he was a constituent, eyewitness and later a friend of Member of Provincial Parliament, Gary Malkowski. BIGGER DREAMS is a stage adaptation of Medugno’s own soon-to-be published biography, DEAF POLITICIAN: The Gary Malkowski Story. Mr. Medugno is also the author of a number of plays, including SILENT SALZBURG, an award-winning drama about a Christian family that goes into hiding in 1940 Austria to protect their deaf son from sterilization by the Nazis.

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