TJC theater, sign language students collaborate for play reading
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Tyler Junior College’s theater department and sign language interpreter training program will collaborate on “The Taste of Sunrise,” a play presented in American Sign Language and spoken English.
The play will be presented 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 7, in Jean Browne Theatre on the TJC main campus.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Interested persons are asked to contact Rhonda McKinzie, professor and chair of the TJC sign language interpreter training program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater students will read the play aloud while interpreter training students sign along with the story.
Dr. David W. Crawford, TJC theater professor, is the production’s director.
Tables will be set up in the theater foyer, offering information on deaf awareness and sign language, as well as TJC’s interpreting and theater programs.
Written by Suzan L. Zeder, the play takes place in the mind and memory of the adult Tuc Tucker. Tuc 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.
Along the way, Tuc meets the mysterious Nell Hicks, who heals with herbs and singing spells. He also meets Roscoe, who gives Tuc his name-sign and cultural identity. He finds Maizie, a wild child of deaf parents, teenaged and pregnant with a head full of movie palace dreams.
After the death of his father, Tuc must navigate the perilous path of loss, love and language as he struggles to weave a family out of wishes. He explores the moral ambiguities of our times and the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion.