Play by NINA RAINE
Directed by MIRA TAICHMAN
Produced by JESSICA SCHWARZ
ASL interpreters will be present on Thursday and Friday!
Tribes is the story of a highly dysfunctional family, complete with a crassly inappropriate father, a mother who tries to keep him in check, and three twenty-something-year-old kids who are stuck living begrudgingly at home. The family’s chaotic balance is upset, however, when their deaf youngest son Billy brings home Sylvia, a young women from a deaf family who is going deaf herself. Sylvia’s background, lifestyle, and worldview force Billy’s family to confront a series of uncomfortable questions: How do we define our identities? Why do people feel that they are insurmountably different from one another? How do we preserve the unique, precious traits that set us each apart without letting them become justifications for isolation, exclusion, and ignorance of others? Through its humorous but stingingly honest script, Tribes forces us all to examine how we understand ourselves in relation to the people around us—strangers and loved ones alike.
Thursday, November 12 @ 8:30 pm
Friday, November 13 @ 6 pm
Saturday, November 14 @ 2 pm
Houston Hall, Class of ’49
$8 on Locust Walk, $10 at the door