Mother Hicks

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The UVU Theatre Department’s production of Mother Hicks continues for the next two weekends in the UVU Noorda Theatre.  The play features a major Deaf character, Tuc, who narrates in ASL and whose words are voiced by the other actors in the ensemble. Tuc is played by Matt McGill, a Deaf student majoring in Deaf Studies at UVU.

The play will be performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, January 21-23 and 28-30 at 7:30p and Saturday, January 23 and 30 at 2p.  There is also a public performance on Monday, January 25 at 7:30p.  Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for students, and are available online (, at the Noorda Theatre Box Office from 1-5p weekdays and before performances.  The Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 29 performances (7:30p) will be ASL interpreted.


Mother Hicks
is set in 1935 in the small town of Ware, Illinois and centers on three outsiders:  Mother Hicks,  a healer woman who is believed by the townsfolk to be a witch;  Girl, a foundling without a name who has been fostered by many different families in the town;  and Tuc, a Deaf man who lives with Mother Hicks and is the narrator of the story.  Through the action of the play, these three outsiders connect, communicate, and nurture one another.

Mother Hicks was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Children’s Theatre, was published in 1986, and has become a classic of children’s dramatic literature.   It has also been performed by professional adult theatres.  The playwright, Suzan Zeder, worked with Gallaudet University in the development of the prequel, The Taste of Sunrise, set in the 1920’sShe has just completed the sequel, The Edge of Peace,set in the 1940’sTuc is the character who ties these three plays together in what has become known as The Ware Trilogy.

The plays present challenges faced by Deaf individuals during those times.  The three plays, written by playwright Suzan Zeder over a period of thirty years, each received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Education as they were published.  Last year, UVU premiered Suzan Zeder’s epic fantasy The Milk Dragon.

BYU will be presenting the prequel, The Taste of Sunrise, March 10-26.  UVU will be presenting a student-directed production of the sequel, The Edge of Peace, in May, so Utah Valley audiences will be able to see all three plays in this landmark trilogy.

For more information, contact Dr. John Newman,

To book seats at the Noorda Theatre for Mother Hicks please call 801-863-5437 or email

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