NU Theatre Presents ‘Mother Hicks’

March 16, 2017

Mother Hicks, by Suzan Zeder, from March 23-27 is earth, and fire, and water, and blood, and tears…

Directed by Steve Braddock, director of NU Theatre, Mother Hicks is the inspiring folkloric story of three Depression-era outsiders: Girl, an orphan who is passed from home to home; Tuc, a young deaf man whose perceived weakness is really one of his great strengths; and Mother Hicks, a midwife whose unconventional methods have fearful townspeople believing her to be a witch. An evocative tale told through poetry and sign language, Mother Hicks illustrates our collective journey through life in search of belonging.

Niagara University theatre performance majors who are in the cast include Colleen Pine (Girl) of Indian Lake, N.Y.; Krista Cantrell (Mother Hicks) of Syracuse, N.Y.; Ashton H. DeCaro (Ricky Ricks) of Buffalo, N.Y.; Briegette Bullock (Izzy Sue Ricks) of Webster, N.Y.; Johnny Barden (Jake Hammon) of Buffalo, N.Y.; Sarah Emmerling (Helen Hammon) of Orchard Park, N.Y.; David Wysocki (Clovis P. Eudy) of Hamburg, N.Y.; Kevin McDonnell (Wilson Walker) of Clermont, Florida; Kayla Storto (Alama Ward) of Orchard Park, N.Y.; theatre performance minor Brandon A. Czwerwinski (Hosiah Ward) of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; and guest artist Samuel Hemphill (Tuc) of Buffalo, N.Y.

The lead interpreter for this production is Natasha Marsh, professor of modern and classical languages, and shadow interpreters include Niagara University students Rachel Bailey, Katilyn Young, Anna Cappello, and Lindsay Moran.

Mother Hicks will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, and Monday, March 27, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. A 2 p.m. matinee will be held on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26.

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