"Mother Hicks" play told through sign language and poetry

Poetry and sign language are used to tell the story of self-discovery in "Mother Hicks," set in Illinois during the Great Depression. 

The play centers around an orphan desperately trying to find her identity.

“This tale of an orphaned girl, a deaf boy, a recluse and a town is told through poetry and sign language revealing the hidden desires and fears that lie in human hearts,” said communication and fine arts faculty member Nancy Eddy in a press release. 

The play is the theater's selection for young audiences this year.

“This form of ASL allows deaf and hard of hearing viewers to focus on the performance, instead of splitting their attention, between offstage interpreters and the actors,” said Jim Hickerson, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator of Central Michigan’s Communication and Dramatic Arts Department.

Performances of "Mother Hicks" will take place in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre on Feb. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. There will be American sign language and closed captioning provided at Saturday's show. Tickets are $10 at the door.