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BYU stages bilingual play, “The Taste of Sunrise”

Writer: Riley OliphantPerformance Dates: Mar. 10–12, 16–19, 22–25

Times: 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Mar. 19 and 26

Location: Margetts Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU

Price: $8-14 (discounts for senior citizens, BYU students, groups and alumni)

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com   


The BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts will present the bilingual contemporary drama, The Taste of Sunrise, performed in American Sign Language and spoken in English at 7:30 p.m., on March 10–12, 16–19 and 22–25, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 19 and 26. The show will be in the Margetts Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $8-14, with discounts available for alumni, students, employees, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com .

This ASL–spoken English bilingual play takes place in the mind and memory of Tuc, a deaf man who struggles to navigate the path of loss, love and language in his silent world. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties in Illinois, this award-winning drama explores the cultural complexities of deafness with great humor and compassion.

Director Julia Ashworth feels privileged to present such a significant story where every line will be signed on stage by the actors. She hopes that this story will construct equal access to hearing, deaf and hard of hearing audiences in the community.

“I feel privileged to bring together deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors to find the best way to tell this significant story,” said Ashworth. “Producing The Taste of Sunrise addresses issues of equality that are important to me as a theatre artist.”

The Taste of Sunrise is the second play in Suzan Zeder’s critically acclaimed Ware Trilogy, which will be presented across the year in its entirety in partnership with Utah Valley University.

Other production members include Heather Richardson as production stage manager, Travis Coyne as scenic designer and technical director, Michael Kraczek as Lighting Designer, Mary Farahnakian as costume designer, Emilee Knell as sound designer, Haley Flanders as dramaturge and Kirsten Watkins as makeup and hair designer.

Ben Featherstone as Tuc, Sean Worsley as Tuc’s Voice, Jacob Earnest as Jonas Tucker, Katie Jarvis as Nell Hicks, Brittni Henretty as Dr. Alexis Graham, Abbie Craig as Maizie, Brooklyn Downs as Maizie’s Voice, Katie Hyatt as Emma Flynn, Ashley Havili as Alma Ward/Audiologist/Nurse, Lizzie Mickelsen as Izzy Sue Ricks/Audiologist/Nurse, Jason Keeler as Roscoe/Signer for Jonas, Aaron Fisher as Roscoe's voice/Clovis P. Eudy/Hunter, David Hampton as Signer for Nell Hicks/Dr. Grindly Mann/Hunter, Elyse Allen as Signer for Izzy Sue Ricks, Alma Ward, Audiologists and Nurse/Deaf Student, Christina Hernandez as Signer for Dr. Graham/Deaf Student, Shawn Kebker as Signer for Clovis P. Eudy and Dr. Mann/Deaf Student and Nicole Schofield as Signer for Emma Flynn/Deaf Student.

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