Oct 20, 2011
Comedian, actor and musician CJ Jones will bring his one-man show to Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
Jones has appeared on "Frasier," "Lincoln Heights," "Sesame Street" and "Rainbows’ End," and hosted "Happy Hands Kids Klub." More recently, he provided the voice over for the deaf Native American in the movie "Pathfinder." He also toured with "Children of Lesser God" on Broadway and with the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Given his broad experience on stage, film and theatre, Jones feels the “double whammy” of being an actor who is deaf and black.
To further opportunities for deaf entertainers Jones founded Sign World TV in 2001.
As an advocate for the deaf and an educator, Jones heads Hands Across Communications. The organization currently is promoting an international sign language theatre festival titled “Three Day Odyssey around the Globe.”
Jones was recognized with the “Unsung Hero Award of the Year” (2008) for Black History month, sponsored by KCET-WAMU of Los Angeles. He also received the “NTID Alumni Association Outstanding Award 2008” from the National Technical Institute of the Deaf – Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
Deaf Studies and Interpreting majors Jenny and Jonathan Sheline invited CJ Jones to Lancaster. Jonathan also is president of the campus’s American Sign Language (ASL) Club. They and their instructors have encouraged ASL students to write and perform skits as part of the program.
“The ASL Club has been incredibly involved and excited about bringing CJ Jones to the OUL campus. They work hard towards making our club’s mission of exposing the hearing community to the Deaf World a reality,” said Becky Brooks, DSI program coordinator and instructor.
Brooks saw Jones perform live and has his DVD.
“He is extremely energetic and funny. He interacts with the audience.”
Lorraine Rogers, another ASL instructor, also has seen Jones live and is anticipating his performance at Lancaster.
“CJ is so real. He is easy to communicate with regardless of your signing ability and he makes people feel at ease. He is also very funny.”
The show also will be interpreted for the hearing.
Tickets are $15 for students and faculty and $20 for non-students and may be ordered online at www.lancaster.ohiou.edu or may be purchased at the door.