A Minute of Silence (Screenplay)

Feature Screenplay by H.W. Freedman ©Copyright 2004 by the Author
Based on the author’s stage play of the same name.

Dora, a psychologist, returns to London to find her father who abandoned her.  Barry, a deaf shoemaker in a traveling circus, unwittingly becomes her first patient.  Barry reverses roles and cleverly guides Dora through a catharsis that reconciles her with the memory of her father.

GenreComedy, Fantasy, Romance
Cast BreakdownLeading roles: Male: 2 ages late 20s, (1 deaf and 1 hearing,). Female: age late 20s
TimeThe Present

A Minute of Silence Was Semi-Finalist Slamdance Film Festival 2010

The stage play A MINUTE OF SILENCE was produced in London at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre directed by Harris Freedman.

What the critics said about the London Premier of the Stage Play:

“…enchanting A Minute of Silence…” The Stage

“..a play that challenges perceptions of deafness.” Hampstead & Highgate

“…a surrealist drama which can be enjoyed on several levels. It is a touching love story, a piece of physical theatre, and a play that re-evaluates deafness and proclaims the right to choose one’s way of life, however unconventional.” Jewish Chronicle

“…remarkably eloquent..” Time Out

“…a magical, multi-layered piece…” The Stage

“…spectacular visual impact…” Camden New Journal

“With this funny and challenging piece, Freedman certainly achieves his prime intention – to turn the common perception of disability upon its head.” Disability Times

“…a night that was not only entertaining but also saw theatrical technique pushed several notches on.” The Stage

“The current rage over genetic engineering and the probable impact on both the deaf and disability communities made the play even more topical.” Disability Arts in London – DAIL

“Writer/director Harris Freedman’s imaginative production sews speaking and signing players into the same costume by linking everything with a gleefully manic comedia dell’arte touch. . .” Hampstead & Highgate

“At each twist and turn we are presented with yet another issue – mercilessly the writer ensures that none of us escapes his questioning.” Disability Times

“…a poignant comedy…”Jewish Chronicle


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