The Edge of Peace

Friday, February 1 - 10, 2013
B. Iden Payne Theatre

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By Suzan Zeder
Directed by Linda Hartzell

World Premiere
Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre

“This is the town of Ware. W.A.R.E. Streets, three. Houses, fifteen. Farms, ten. Churches, four. A garage, sawmill and a store. Not much more. Down in town a boy waits…”

Buddy, the younger brother of a soldier declared missing in action, refuses to believe what appears inevitable. Through the visual poetry of sign language, Tuc, the local Deaf postman, leads patrons through the touching story of a small community struggling to make sense of a world at war.

The Edge of Peace, the final play in Suzan Zeder’s acclaimed trilogy, is produced in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT). Comprised of both Seattle and Austin-based professional actors, the cast includes Deaf actor Robert Schleifer in the role of “Tuc,” and veteran actress and UT Professor Franchelle Stewart Dorn in the role of “Nell Hicks.”

SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell describes Zeder’s masterpiece as “a drama, mystery and adventure rolled into one. Audiences will fall in love with these characters and their stories. The play really demonstrates the interdependence of community members during times of crisis.”

One of the nation’s leading playwrights for family audiences, Suzan Zeder’s plays have been performed in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, Israel and New Zealand. She is a professor at The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance.

Age Recommendation:
Ages 10 and up – Soldiers returning from war and families suffering while their loved ones are away are timely topics. Implications of war and the intersection of multiple stories lines may be difficult for children under 10 years of age.

Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8pm
Feb. 3, 10 at 2pm

ASL Interpreted Dates:
February 3 at 2pm
February 9 at 8pm

To arrange seating for an ASL interpreted performance, please email or call 512-232-5301 in advance.

Staged Reading from Suzan Zeder’s ‘Mother Hicks’ and ‘The Taste of Sunrise’

Saturday, February 9 at 2:30pm – 5:00pm, free admission, seating is limited
Lab Theatre

Audience members are invited to abridged reading of Mother Hicks and The Taste of Sunrise, the first two plays in Suzan Zeder’s cherished Ware trilogy.

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Letting Go, With ‘Peace’Austin Chronicle
Review of UT’s ‘Edge of Peace’Austin Lifestyle
BWW Reviews: University of Texas at Austin Presents Family Friendly Look at WWII with THE EDGE OF


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