UPDATE: The production has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled after the new year.
A bilingual production of the “The Taste of Sunrise” featuring spoken English and American Sign Language is scheduled for this weekend.
Tyler Junior College’s theater department and the sign language interpreter training program will collaborate on the play, according to a college news release.
The play is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Jean Browne Theatre on the TJC main campus.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. People interested in attending should contact Rhonda McKinzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The presentation will involve theater students reading the play aloud while interpreter training students sign along with the story, according to the news release.
The play, written by Suzan L. Zeder, takes place in the mind and memory of the adult Tuc Tucker.
Tucker journeys back through his childhood from the fever dream that took his hearing to the language of nature, which he shares with his beloved father, to the school for the deaf where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language, according to the news release.
Along the way, Tucker meets several people, including the mysterious Nell Hicks, who heals with herbs and singing spells; Roscoe, who gives Tucker his name-sign and cultural identity; and Maizie, a wild child of deaf parents, teenaged and pregnant with a head full of movie palace dreams.
After his father’s death, Tucker must navigate the perilous path of loss, love and language as he struggles to weave a family out of wishes, according to the news release.
He explores the moral ambiguities of our times and the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion, according to the news release.
TJC theater professor Dr. David W. Crawford is the production’s director. Information about deaf awareness and sign language as well as TJC’s interpreting and theater programs will be available.