Emerson Stage

Mother Hicks


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

Mother Hicks is a witch, people say.

In the small town of Ware, a foundling child known only as Girl looks to Dug Hill, curious about the witch rumored to live at the top. On her search for answers, she learns about the taste of sunrise; makes friends with a boy eloquent in the language of silence; and discovers that sometimes, family is something that's made, not given.

Set in the Great Depression and filled with live music and lyrical poetry, Mother Hicks is a family-friendly tale which will delight, educate, and inspire theater-lovers of all ages. 

This show is the first part of The Ware Trilogy, a three-play cycle about the community of Ware, IL, which is produced in association with Wheelock Family Theatre and Central Square Theater. All pieces of the Trilogy are performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English.


February 26 - March 1, 2015

Student matinees (grades 3-12): 10am on February 26 & 2, 2015

Regular performances: 2pm & 7:30pm on Saturday February 28, 2pm on Sunday March 1, 2015

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. Select your trilogy multi-play package »

The Cast

Mother Hicks Cayla Komarow
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