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Mother Hicks opens at Piedmont Nov. 15
‘Mother Hicks’ cast members practice a contra dance during rehearsals. Pictured are Tamara Rainwater, who plays Izzy Ricks; and Ben Cisse, the voice of Tuc. - photo by MICHELE GAGLIO

'Mother Hicks’

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17, 2 p.m. Nov. 18

Where: Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications, Massachusetts Boulevard, Demorest

How much: $5; Piedmont College faculty, staff, and students free

More info: 706-778-8500, ext. 1355

The Piedmont College Theatre Department will present “Mother Hicks,” a tale of three outsiders during the Great Depression, in the Blackbox Theater of the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications in Demorest.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 18.

Tickets are $5. Piedmont College faculty, staff, and students are admitted free.

Saturday’s performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired, with a talk-back for the audience to follow. To reserve tickets, call the Theatre Box Office at 706-778-8500 extension 1355.

The play marks the directorial debut for the Department of Theatre’s newest faculty member, Kathy Blandin.

Set in 1935, “Mother Hicks” takes place in the town of Ware, Ill., in the heat of the Great Depression. There we meet three people living on the outskirts of society: a young deaf man, an orphan girl known by the townsfolk simply as “Girl,” and a mysterious older woman who lives all alone on a hill outside of town.

A haunting tale told through sign-language and poetry, “Mother Hicks” recounts the difficult journey we all make in life, the journey to discover who we are on the inside and where we really belong.

“Mother Hicks” author Suzan Zeder is one of the most popular playwrights for young audiences in contemporary theatre. She teaches playwriting at the University of Texas at Austin and is a four-time winner of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award.