This bilingual play in American Sign Language or spoken English takes place in the mind and memory of the adult Tuc. He journeys through his childhood from the fever dream that took his hearing, to the language of nature which he shares with his beloved father, to the deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. Along the way, Tuc meets the mysterious Nell Hicks, who heals with herbs and singing spells. He also meets Roscoe, who gives Tuc his name-sign and cultural identity. He finds Maizie, a wild child of deaf parents, teenaged and pregnant with a head full of movie palace dreams. After the death of his father, Tuc must navigate the perilous path of loss, love and language as he struggles to weave a family out of wishes. He explores the moral ambiguities of our times and the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion. The Taste of Sunrise is a moving prequel to Suzan Zeder's acclaimed Mother Hicks.
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If producing the Ware trilogy, the playwright recommends the plays be presented in this order: Mother Hicks, A Taste of Sunrise and The Edge of Peace.
This title may be cut for time only if Act One and/or Act Two are done in their entirety. No other cuttings are allowed.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code TL6000
- Cast Size 9
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427439
- "Overall, this is one of the most satisfying and illuminating theater productions I have ever had the honor of working on ... Our opening night post show discussion was one of the most powerful and emotional post show discussions I have seen in over 40 years of theater. "
- Review by Kevin Purcell, The Stage Company, Carbondale, Ill.