Pistarckle Theatre to Perform 'Mother Hicks'

"Mother Hicks," written by Suzan Zeder, opens at 7 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 29, at Pistarckle Theater. Performances will be held at 7 p.m., on Feb. 29 (opening night), March 1, 6, 7, 8, 14, and 15. There will also be a matinee held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 15.
The play, directed by Bethany Burgess-Smith, is set in a small, southern Illinois town that struggles in the time of the Great Depression. Mother Hicks (Nancy Nagrant), a peculiar woman, who lives alone at the top of Dug Hill, is blamed by the townspeople for cursing their town. They say she's a witch, but two other town outcasts, Tuc (Heath Corriette) a young deaf man and an orphan known only as Girl (Emma Merritt), show the people who she really is.
All cast members attended sign language classes with sign master Sarah Hancock. Though the play is spoken, signing is part of the story's message.
Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $23 the day of the performance for adults, $10 students. Group rates are available to eight or more for the price of $14 adults/$7 students.
Fridays will also feature discussions with the audience after the show with Kisias George, a hearing impaired woman on island.
Seating is limited, so call and make your reservation at 775-7877. Visit Pistarckle online at www.pistarckletheater.vi.

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