Posted by: hlacentralma | February 17, 2015

The Taste of Sunrise-A Play About Language-Wheelock Family Theatre

wheelockPlease join us on Saturday March 14 at 3:00 for The Taste of Sunrise

and to meet playwright Suzan Zeder.


March 13 – 22, 2015

This play will be in spoken English and American Sign Language. All performances are Open Captioned.

Friday nights at 7:30. Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00. Six performances only!

Join us on Saturday March 14, use promo code: ocall and all tickets are only $15

 Written by Suzan Zeder. Directed by Wendy Lement and Kristin Johnson. Scenic design by Janie Howland. Lighting design by Annie Wiegand. Costume design by Lisa Simpson. Featuring Elbert Joseph as Tuc. WithSirena Abalian, Daniel Bolton*, Amanda Collins*, Erisette Cruz, Steven Cosnek, Kathleen Donohue*, Reignyah Grant, Kippy Goldfarb*, Ethan Hermanson, Jen Alison Lewis*, Ebubechukwu Sho Ndukwe, Michael Notardonato, Ingrid O’Dell, Cliff Odle*, Christopher Robinson, Brittany Rolfs*, Donna Sorbello*, Suleyka Suarez, Matthew Schwartz,  and Lewis D. Wheeler*.

*Members of AEA

 First, there is silence.

 The Taste of Sunrise takes place in the mind and memory of Tuc, from the fever dreams of his childhood that took his hearing, to the language that he shares with his father of the natural world, to the deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language.  Tuc is a boy who must navigate the perilous path of love, loss, and language to weave a family out of wishes.  An ensemble of Deaf and hearing directors, designers, and actors invite you to explore the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion.

Suzan Zeder is one of the nation’s more prolific and influential playwrights for young and family audiences. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas, Austin, where she was Head of the Playwriting/Directing Program.  Her plays have been produced around the U.S., and in countries around the world.  Among many awards, honors, and grants, she recently received the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2014).

As a Deaf, Caribbean-American pre-teen passionately devoted to theatre and intent on making it his career, Elbert Joseph (Tuc) found his way to Wheelock Family Theatre.  He appeared with the cast of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp when he was twelve years old.  He also became the Theatre’s first Deaf ASL interpreter.  He trained as a member of WFT’s PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre and went on to appear on the Wheelock main stage in numerous productions, including in the lead role in E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan, for which he earned an IRNE nomination (a Boston-based theatre award).


March 13 – 22, 2015

All performances are open captioned. This play will be in both spoken English and American Sign Language.

Tickets: $30, $25, $20; with promocode: ocall: $15

  • Box Office: 617-879-2300;
  • Website:
  • Location: 180 The Riverway on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston’s Fenway district
  • Parking: Discounted parking at MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue
  • MBTA: Fenway or Longwood on Green Riverside Line (D train); CT busses to Beth Israel
  • Access: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. The production is in voice and ASL. Audio-description is available on Sunday March 22 at 3:00pm.

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