"Mother Hicks," an emotionally
compelling play set in southern Illinois during the Great
Depression, eloquently depicts three outsiders -- an orphan girl
known only as Girl; Tuc, a deaf boy, eloquent in the language of his
silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of
being a witch.
When natural disasters or life misfortunes occur,
Mother Hicks becomes the focus of the people's fear and frustration
and is accused of using her craft. Only the other town outcasts, Tuc
and Girl, recognize Mother Hicks' true healing powers and befriend
her. In each other, the three outcasts find friends, family and
acceptance, while realizing that sometimes those who are different
from us can teach us the most about ourselves. The tale, told with
poetry and sign language, chronicles the journeys of these three to
find themselves and each other in a troubled time.
This powerful drama by Susan Zeder is directed by Dan McLaughlin,
Lincoln College Fine Arts chairman.
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Lincoln College students starring in "Mother Hicks" are Betsy
Buttell of Lincoln, who plays Mother Hicks; Tony Crawford of Clinton
plays Tuc; Kalee Dionne of Herscher and Liz Adametz of Highland,
Wis., play the role of Girl; Jacquis Neal of Lansing plays Ricky
Ricks; Anthony Jones of Hartsburg plays Jake Hammon; Tim Linville of
Oak Forest and Matt Mahoney of Manito play Howie Hammon; Vince Giles
of Lansing plays Clovis Eudy; Kyle Allen of Milford plays Hosiah
Ward; Emily Riesen of Spring Grove plays Izzy Sue Ricks; Emily Jo
Roberts of Milford plays Ms. Walker; and Emily Escobedo of Loves
Park and Ashley Davis of Sandwich play the role of Alma Ward.
Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a
matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and senior
citizens. To reserve tickets call (217) 732-3155, ext. 280, Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
College news release]