Suzan Zeder

Plays written by Suzan Zeder



The Edge of Peace – (5M 6W) Deaf actor required. Set in 1945 in the last desperate days of World War II, this play deals with the impact on a family and a community when a young man from the town has been declared missing in action and the soldier’s little brother refuses to believe what seems inevitable. In the visual poetry of sign language, Tuc, who is now Postman for the town, takes us on a journey of hope through a landscape of loss. This is a play about home and the challenges of leaving home, coming home, and staying home when the danger and adventure of the world is far away. Multiple set locations. Rural Midwest costumes of 1940’s. Approximate running time: 2 hours.

Mother Hicks – (4-5M 4W) Deaf actor required. Set in the late spring of 1935 during the Great Depression, this play is about three outsiders—a foundling girl known only as Girl; a deaf boy, eloquent in the language of his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch. The tale, told with poetry and sign language, chronicles the journeys of these three to find themselves, and each other, in a troubled time. Open stage with several areas suggested. American Midwest costumes from 1935. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.

The Taste of Sunrise: Tuc’s Story – (4M 5W) This bilingual play in American Sign Language and spoken English takes place in the mind and memory of the adult Tuc as he journeys 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 deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. After the death of his father, Tuc must navigate a perilous path between Deaf and hearing cultures as he struggles to weave a family out of wishes. Multiple set locations. Rural Midwest costumes of 1920s and 1930s. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.


Suzan Zeder has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the nation’s leading playwrights for family audiences. Her plays have been performed in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand. DO NOT GO GENTLE, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and IN A ROOM SOMEWHERE have been produced Off-Broadway. DOORS, and MOTHER HICKS were produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which also co-commissioned DO NOT GO GENTLE. In 2012 she completed a THE WARE TRILOGY, three plays all set in the small town of Ware Illinois, and featuring a Deaf protagonist. All three plays were commissioned and produced by Seattle Children’s Theatre. In 1990 Anchorage Press published WISH IN ONE HAND AND SPIT IN THE OTHER, an anthology of her nine published plays. Zeder is the four- time winner of the Distinguished Play Award given by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. In 2013, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her landmark play WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN, StageOne in Louisville, KY commissioned and produced a blue-grass musical version of the play with an original score and lyrics by jazz musician Harry Pickens. Dr. Zeder is currently the Head of the Playwriting/Directing program at the University of Texas at Austin where she holds an Endowed Chair in Theatre for Youth/Playwriting.

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