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By Suzan Zeder

Directed by Kevin Purcell

Auditions are: Mon and Tues April 18, 19 at 6:30pm

Callbacks are: Wed April 20 at 6:30pm

Varsity Center for the Arts

418 S. Illinois


Show runs July 15-17, 22-24

Rehearsals begin May 9th and go thru July 14.  6:30-9:00pm at the Varsity.


About the Play (script available at Carbondale Public Library at front desk)

*The entire cast will sign the entire show. Even if you play small roles, you will be very busy signing for other roles. And….do not fret if you do not know American Sign Language; Pam Walker, SIU Instructor, will teach the cast.

This bilingual play in American Sign Language and 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, teen-aged 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.  The Taste of Sunrise is a moving prequel to Suzan Zeder's acclaimed Mother HicksMother Hicks was performed at The Stage Company in July 2014.

Roles Available (4 Female, 3 Male; the roles of Tuc and Maizie have been cast)

Female Roles (4)

Nell Hicks;      age 35-50

Ensemble #1; age 22-60 (Izzy, Audiologist #1, Student, Patron#1)

Ensemble #2; age 22-60 (Alma, Dr Graham, Patron #2)

Ensemble #3; age 22-60