Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Deaf and Hearing Theatre join forces to challenge social norms


This summer, MouthPeace Theatre Group welcomes TOO OF A KIND, a play about an unlikely friendship between a hearing straight woman and a deaf homosexual man that refines the definition of family. TOO OF A KIND runs June 28 and June 29, 8pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium (3309 Bunker Hill Rd Mt Rainier, MD 20712). A blended performance of Hip-Hop Theater & Visual Arts Theater, this seriously comical play brilliantly bridges the gaps between hearing and deaf communities while addressing social stigmas.

“It brings these stereotypes to the forefront, proving that they’re not only untrue, but destruct the very fabric of what it is to be a human being. You see these two characters find a common ground of understanding throughout the play and how they get there is truly moving,“ says Mervin Primeaux.

TOO OF A KIND is a sponsored project of Art Lives Here, an initiative showcasing creative life in the Gateway Arts District of MD. Princess Best and Mervin Primeaux star in the production, together they form MOUTHPEACE, a performing artist theater group producing works of healing art that encourages diversity and expand language communication.

“When being Deaf has often been associated with being dumb and being Black has often been associated with being ‘ghetto’, this production allows us to encourage the dialogue of the challenges of race, sex, and expectations among these two characters and heal from it.” Princess Best explains.

Princess Best is a graduate of Theatre Art at The University of the District of Columbia. A former Miss UDC and formerly known as the ARTIVIST Princess of Controversy is known for community advocacy and talents in many genres. Princess can be heard every Tuesday at 7pm on We Act Radio , 1480AM on The Princess Best Speaks Show. Princess is also known for her feature on 2010 Ford Fiesta “Inspired by Color” radio campaign, TV One’s Reality show series, David E. Talbert’s Stage Black and HBO’s series THE WIRE.

Mervin Primeaux is a graduate of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. An award winning deaf artist, he has won the African American Deaf Banquet Outstanding Performance Award, Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf (GLBT) Award, and Special Arts Olympic for the Disabilities Award. He has performed with Philadanco Dance Company, Pentimeto International Dance Company, Wild Zappers, and the Deaf Way II festival.  He is currently a member of Quest/Wings Company as an Assistant Director, a visual theater group that performs mimes and travels the world.

                            **Strong Content. Ages 13+ recommended**

Tickets: $15 adv, $18 door

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About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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