Terry Galloway

Hennepin Center for the Arts

Terry Galloway began her performance of an excerpt from Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, 1987–89, by bellowing, “I’m a Texan and am proud of it. Unfortunately, I share with most Texans a fatal flaw. I presume an intimacy—and most often, where there is none.” She delivered these lines while making her way through the crowd. Immediately, she challenged our sense of comfortable distance from her as a performer. By the time she had recounted her story about the circumstances of her birth (including the fact that her mother had been given an experimental drug during pregnancy, which ultimately induced Galloway’s clinical deafness), she had us on her side.

Galloway went on to describe how her exclusion from the hearing world increased over time, becoming complete around the time she reached the age of twelve. Her alienation in terms of deafness has actually been double. Having been “mainstreamed”

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