By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Linda Hartzell
B. Iden Payne Theatre
February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9* at 8:00 p.m.
February 3*, 10 at 2:00 p.m.
*Performances include ASL interpretation
"This is the town of Ware. W.A.R.E. Streets, three. Houses, fifteen. Farms, ten. Churches, four. A garage, sawmill and a store. Not much more. Down in town a boy waits..."
Buddy, the younger brother of a soldier declared missing in action, refuses to believe what appears inevitable. Through the visual poetry of sign language, Tuc, the local deaf postman, leads patrons through the touching story of a small community struggling to make sense of a world at war.
The Edge of Peace, the final play in Suzan Zeder's acclaimed trilogy, is produced in partnership with Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT). Comprised of both Seattle and Austin-based professional actors, the cast includes deaf actor Robert Schleifer in the role of "Tuc", and veteran actress and Department of Theatre and Dance Professor Franchelle Stewart Dorn in the role of "Nell Hicks." This production marks the world premiere for the play.
The Edge of Peace is recommended for age 10 and greater; soldiers returning home from war and families suffering while their loved ones are away are timely topics. Implications of war and the intersection of multiple story lines may be difficult for children under 10 years of age.