Mother Hicks (2007)
Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School present Mother Hicks by Suzan Zeder. Fifteen students make up the cast of this drama under the direction of Spencer Sutterfield and student director Heather McPherson.
Synopsis: Mother Hicks takes place during the Great Depression in a small, southern Illinois town beset with illness, drought and a failed economy. The townspeople, looking for someone to blame, focus on Mother Hicks, an eccentric woman who lives alone at the top of Dug Hill. They say she's a witch, but only two other town outcasts — Tuc, a young deaf man; and an orphan known only as Girl — know the truth.
The play, written by Susan Zeder, one of the nation's leading playwrights for family audiences, explores the roots of prejudice and looks at fear bred of misunderstanding. In doing so, it speaks to the redeeming power of acceptance and love.