|Kiri Malolo and Dolores Mendoza|
Press Release from Mesa Community College...
MCC Theatre Features the Play Mother Hicks as an
Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare
MCC’s Theatre & Film Arts Department is presenting what is considered Susan Zeder’s signature play, Mother Hicks, directed by Debra K. Stevens. This award-winning play performs December 5, 6, 11 and 12 at 7:30 P.M.; and, December 6 and 13 at 2:00 P.M., in the MCC Theatre located on the south side of MCC’s Main Campus at Southern and Dobson Roads in Mesa. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 480-461-7172, at https://www.purplepass.com/#u20576/Mesa_Community_College.html, or at the door. Interpreters for the hearing impaired will be present at all performances.
MCC is promoting the play as an alternative to more traditional holiday fare due to the rich family-oriented themes surrounding the play, and the importance for one to find a place of belonging in a complex world. The story takes place in Ware, Illinois, during the Great Depression. A young, orphan, deaf man named Tuc, and an orphan girl simply named Girl are taken in by Mother Hicks, whom the townspeople blame for all of their misfortune. Each of these three is an outsider where one finds that Girl yearns to have her own name, the deaf boy is eloquent in the language of his silence, and the eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, is something far more benevolent. Told through poetry and sign language, Mother Hicks chronicles the journey of these three characters as they find themselves, and each other, in a troubled time.