Emerson Stage

Mother Hicks


By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
February 26-March 1, 2015
Paramount Main Stage

Southern Illinois, 1935. This evocative Depression-era story, part one of a trilogy, explores three outsiders – a foundling girl known only as Girl; a deaf boy eloquent in the language of his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch. 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.


February 26 - March 1, 2015

Student matinees (grades 3-12): 10am on February 26 & 27. Contact us to learn more about student matinees.

Regular performances: 2pm & 7:30pm on Saturday February 28, 2pm on Sunday March 1


Tickets are available at any Emerson College box office , by calling (617) 824-8000 or visiting our online ticketing site.

$20 General Audience
$15 Students & Seniors
$10 Emerson Community & Children (under 16)

Ticket bundles: Get the best value by purchasing a ticket bundle—four tickets for just $30!

Group rates are also available. Please contact us to learn more about bringing a group.

Trilogy Tix

Mother Hicks is the first show of The Ware Trilogy -- a series of three plays that follow a young Deaf man named Tuc as he searches for community, understanding, and a place to call home. Inspired by oral traditions gathered by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Tuc’s journey is set in the context of the Great Depression and WWII.

The second part of the trilogy, The Taste of Sunrise, will be performed at Wheelock Family Theatre March 13-22, 2015
The third part of the trilogy, The Edge of Peace, will be performed at Central Square Theater April 3-12, 2015

A multi-play pass for all three productions is now on sale. Click here to select your trilogy multi-play package.

The Cast

Mother Hicks Cayla Kamarow
Tuc Elbert Joseph
Girl Emily Elmore
Ricky Joe Hornberger
Jake Hammon Jonathan Acorn
Izzy Sue Ricks Sarah Franco
Clovis P. Eudy Joshua Telepman
Wilson Walker Simon Kiser
Hosiah Ward Michael Kelly
Alma Ward Tonasia Jones
Signing Artist / Sign Captain Olivia Moriarty
Signing Artist Chelsea Glasner
Signing Artist Emma Stephenson

The Creative Team

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Scenic Designer Samuel Vawter
Costume Designer Becky Thorogood
Lighting Designer Ben Rehm
Assistant Director Tania Sung
Scenic Artist Samantha Penninipede
Associate Lighting Designer Taylor Ness
Master Electricians Cameron Moustoufi & Colin Landeck
Assistant Master Electrician Jeremy Stein
Production Supervisor Cate Agis
Assistant Production Supervisor Taylor Starr
Second ASM Jessica Kemp
First ASM Charlotte Morrill
Stage Manager Sean Swords