Deaf Spotlight Presents: Short Play Festival 2023

  • Captions
  • American Sign Language


Deaf Spotlight's Short Play Festival will feature 6 new and original 10-minute plays revolving around the theme “Floral Shop.” Audiences will see the wonderful work of Deaf and Hard of Hearing writers, playwrights, and creatives.  

We cannot wait to showcase these 6 plays: 

  • Beautiful Boy” written by Rob Roth & directed by Tyler DeShaw 
  • Camellia for Camille” written by Heba Toulan & directed by Michelle Banks 
  • Fifty Flowers” written by Cherry Pie Latorre & directed by Aimee Chou 
  • Flower Dance” written by Howie Seago & directed by Alexandria Wailes 
  • Plant A Kiss” written by Liam Coleman & directed by Kai Winchester 
  • Toxic Flower” written by Willy Conley & directed by Josh Castille

One performance= six short plays. Each play will not run more than 15 minutes. The performance run time total is 75 minutes.

We can’t wait for you all to see these plays, and we hope you love them as much as we do. 

Trigger warnings:

  • Beautiful Boy: illness and death/dying
  • Camellia for Camille: flashing lights
  • Fifty Flowers: war trauma
  • Flower Dance: death and houseless-ness
  • Plant A Kiss: mild profanity
  • Toxic Flower: bullying around body type/ableism and mild profanity

Many handwaves to our Festival Supporters: 4Culture, ArtsFund, Ballard Reuse, City of Seattle Office of Arts & CultureNational Endowment for the ArtsSawhorse Revolution, Seattle Peoples Fund, and Washington State Arts Commission.  

This event will be presented in American Sign Language with captions in English. If you have other access needs, please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing We will have a DeafBlind-priority performance on Sunday, March 5th at 2 pm.  

Deaf Spotlight inspires and showcases Deaf Culture and Sign Languages through the arts. Deaf Spotlight is a nationally recognized leader in Deaf arts. We emerged from the first Seattle Deaf Film Festival in 2012. Our programming has since expanded to include theater productions / festivals; curated visual art exhibitions; and workshops for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing artists. 


We are using a different ticketing approach this year. We are using Radical Hospitality Ticket Program, inspired by Sound Theatre Company and other organizations to make our event more inclusive and welcome for all. 

There are no assigned seatings at any performances at the Short Play Festival. We will prioritize seating for disabled community members. 


To ensure a successful and healthy experience for all, Deaf Spotlight has a request for audiences like you: when attending a performance at the Short Play Festival 2023, please wear a mask over your nose and mouth except when eating or drinking. We ask that all audience members be respectful of this decision.  

Deaf Spotlight reserves the right to require health and safety protocols for all performances.   

If you feel sick, have any of the following symptoms, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19, we request that you do not attend any performances in person: 

  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Fever or chills
  • Loss of smell or taste 

If you are unable to attend due to COVID-19, we will issue you a ticket to view the recorded festival recording at a later date.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 


  • The Short Play Festival will be at the 12th Ave Arts Studio Theater (1620 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122)
  • The festival is SOLD OUT. We will not sell tickets at the door.
  • Please go to the WILL CALL booth in the lobby area to check in on the day of.
  • Please show up a bit earlier due to parking.
  • The Studio Theater will be open half hour before the performance time.
  • Please mask up.
  • No eating/drinking in the theater.
  • No filming/photography
  • The performance will start on time. No late admissions.
  • There will be no intermission. The show run will be apx 80 minutes long.



12th Ave Arts Studio

1620 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122