Brooke Downs

Brooke Downs

Plays

  • Postlingual
    Alexa, a home shopping host, is at the top of her field and ready to take the leap into network broadcasting. After routine wisdom teeth extraction, she wakes up deaf. (It can happen—inspired by a true story.) Now Alexa faces many choices which will change—or end—her life. Does she get a cochlear implant when she’s just reacted so drastically to surgery? Would it be better to learn American Sign Language? Can...
    Alexa, a home shopping host, is at the top of her field and ready to take the leap into network broadcasting. After routine wisdom teeth extraction, she wakes up deaf. (It can happen—inspired by a true story.) Now Alexa faces many choices which will change—or end—her life. Does she get a cochlear implant when she’s just reacted so drastically to surgery? Would it be better to learn American Sign Language? Can she continue her career in television or should she find another path?

    Everyone has a different opinion from her brother, who wants the implant right away for her network audition, to her more cautious husband. Alexa must sort through everyone’s beliefs, including her own, as a speech pathologist leads her to see that silence is a wonderful way to learn to communicate.