The Edge of Peace, a Play for Families About Coping During Wartime
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The last date listed for The Edge of Peace was Saturday July 30, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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The theater seats 500, but it seems intimate. The set design was simple but effective. The mix of professional and student actors worked well. One of the main characters was deaf, and he was portrayed by a professional deaf actor who did justice...continued
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The 2pm performance on July 30 will be sign language-interpreted.
Written by Suzan Zeder
Directed by Henry Godinez, artistic director of the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s SummerStage 2011 productions_
The Edge of Peace_ — a play by one of the nation’s leading playwrights for family audiences — tackles many of the same issues families have been coping with for generations. The final installment of Suzan Zeder’s popular Ware Trilogy, The Edge of Peace tells the story of a young boy’s struggle to make sense of a world at war and of life-changing events unfolding far away.
“This play conveys to children and adults the idea that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge those who don’t fit our mold of American patriotism,” said Henry Godinez, the play’s director. “It is the perfect summer play for kids, parents and their grandparents to come together and learn a little history and later talk about war and community and friendships and family.”
The production’s 11-member cast is a mix of professional and Northwestern student actors. Mother Hicks — a marginalized woman known as “Nell” who lives in self-imposed isolation — will be played by Northwestern theater faculty member Mary Poole. School of Communication faculty member Rives Collins, who also is the president of AATE’s board of directors, will play shopkeeper and air raid warden Clovis P. Eudy.
A hearing-impaired man called “Tuc” will be portrayed by award-winning deaf Chicago actor Robert Schleifer. Young actor Will Higgins, who appeared in TIC’s November 2010 production of The Secret Garden, will portray Buddy, a boy whose elder brother is “missing in action.”
The often humorous The Edge of Peace is in two acts with a 15-minute intermission and a running time of less than two hours. Recommended for audiences aged 8 and older, Zeder’s play does include some violence and dark images. All performances will include a post-show discussion with the cast and members of the creative team.