Now together for the first time, the three plays of The Ware Trilogy comprise an epic saga of small-town America, told in lyrical language and the visual poetry of American Sign Language. We follow Tuc, a young Deaf boy, on a journey through his childhood: from the fever dream that took his hearing, to the language of nature that he shares with his beloved father, to the Deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. Along the way, we meet Nell Hicks, a mysterious recluse who heals with herbs and singing spells, whom the townspeople revile first as a witch and later as a German sympathizer. We also meet Girl, the orphan child of an orphan child, who longs to know the truth of her identity; Mazie, a wild child of the 1920s, with a head full of dreams and silent movies; Clovis P. Eudy, shopkeeper and moral compass of the town; and 11-year-old Buddy, who patrols the streets searching for clues about an escaped German prisoner of war and who tries to hold his family together as the town waits for news about his brother, missing in action overseas, and prays for peace. Over the 30-year span of these plays, we come to know these characters as they live their lives of love and loss, compassion and cruelty, wisdom and ignorance—ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Each of the plays can be produced independently, but taken together they lead us through three pivotal eras of American history as reflected in the lives of the families who live in Ware, Illinois. At the core of each play is an issue important to Deaf and hearing cultures, but most important are the human stories of longing and loss, humor and hope that will resonate with audiences of all ages.