Upcoming Performance

The Ware Trilogy

This winter, be a part of a world-premiere dramatic event!


March 13 – 22, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00

School day performances at 10:30: 3/18, 3/19

Audio-description: 3/19 and 3/22

This play is in both spoken English and American Sign Language.

For additional information, group sales, 3-show packages, please visit www.WareTrilogy.org or contact WFT at 617-879-2300

Written by Suzan Zeder. Directed by Wendy Lement and Kristin Johnson. Scenic design by Janie Howland. Lighting design by Annie Wiegand. Costume design by Lisa Simpson.

The Taste of Sunrise takes place in the mind and memory of Tuc, from the fever dreams of his childhood that took his hearing, to the language that he shares with his father of the natural world, to the deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. Tuc is a boy who must navigate the perilous path of love, loss, and language to weave a family out of wishes. An ensemble of Deaf and hearing directors, designers, and actors invite you to explore the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion.

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 9+.


Over thirty years in the making - Suzan Zeder’s richly lyrical Ware Trilogy captures the pulse of key moments in American History. These cherished plays, presented in collaboration with Emerson Stage and Central Square Theater, are inspired by the oral traditions gathered by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and have become beloved pieces of the educational theater canon. Against the stark mid-west backdrop of Ware, Illinois, we are introduced to complicated themes of loss, identity, and family through the lives of three outsiders: Tuc, a young deaf man; Girl; a foundling child; and Mother Hicks, a mysterious recluse, who is often suspected of being a witch. Zeder’s trilogy of plays proves that drama expressly created for young people can be serious, sophisticated, and culturally relevant without losing playfulness or a sense of humor.

Mother Hicks, part one, will be presented at Emerson Stage; February 26-March 1, 2015.

The Taste of Sunrise, part two, will be presented at Wheelock Family Theatre; March 13-22, 2015.

The Edge of Peace, part three, will be presented at Central Square Theater; April 3 -12, 2015.

This was my first time at the theater and the show was fabulous. The children around me were just spellbound during the performance. 

– audience member

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