The Edge of Peace

By Suzan Zeder

This touching exploration of community dynamics and the strength of individuals is the final play in an acclaimed trilogy by Suzan Zeder. The series explores the life of Tuc, a Deaf man, as he evolves from the town outcast to a beloved resident. The Edge of Peace is set at the end of World War II, in the small town of Ware, Illinois and centers around Buddy, the younger brother of a soldier at war. A cast of compelling characters – Tuc, a soldier’s worried relatives, an old widow with mysterious ways, and a grown orphan Girl – all seek truth and healing. We witness the power of community as they come to understand what’s behind their façades and long held prejudices.

ASL Interpreted Dates:
Public - March 16 @ 2pm
Schools - March 12 @ 10:00am

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.

Curriculum Connections: Families During Wartime, World War II, Soldiers, Deafness, Career, Community, Radio Communication, Prisoner of War, Empathy, American Sign Language

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Edge of Peace is produced in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance and Texas Performing Arts.

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Soldier Ricky Ricks is away at war and his absence is leaving a notable imprint on the small town community of Ware, Illinois in 1945. The town is simmering with secrets, anxieties and mysterious happenings. In the center of it all, Ricky’s 11 year-old brother, Buddy, is trying to make sense of the world and spending time imagining war scenes of his own. He remains strong for his mother and sister-in-law who are fraught with worry when Ricky is missing in action. Buddy remains hopeful, but avoids discussion of why they haven’t heard from his brother. Buddy’s best friend, Tuc, is the town’s beloved Deaf mechanic and mailman with secrets of his own.

Someone has been sneaking around town and stealing supplies after dusk. The widow on the hill has been seen at the Prisoner of War camp and heard listening to the Germans on the short wave radio. The whole town gets involved after Ricky’s returned duffel bag goes missing. Accusations are made and a series of interesting truths are gradually revealed.

Suzanne  Bouchard


Suzanne Bouchard (Margaret) recently played Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Other Rep credits include: Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy), Three Tall Women (“B”), Misalliance (Lina), Private Lives (Amanda), and many others. Favorite roles include: Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart (ACT), Charlotte in A Little Night Music, 5th Avenue), and Deborah in A Kind of Alaska (Shadow and Light). This is Suzanne’s first time working at SCT. She’d like to thank Shawn Broderick and Alex Grennan for opening her eyes to American Sign Language.

Kyle  Cotton

Kyle Cotton (Soldier/Ricky) is in his final semester of acting training in the MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, he performed in 1776 as "Edward Rutledge," in Oklahoma! as "Jud," and in Love's Labour's Lost as "Berowne". Kyle would like to thank SCT and UT at Austin for this collaborative opportunity, and his wife for her unfailing love and support. Patience and Faith.



Franchelle  Dorn


Franchelle Stewart Dorn (Nell) has been an actress for 40 years having played leading roles at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C, Arena Stage, The American Conservatory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Long Wharf, Great Lakes Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona State Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre, the Guthrie and at both The State and Zachary Scott theaters in Austin.  Fran has also been seen on Law and Order, PBS’ longest running series Literary Visions, and in such films as Die Hard With a Vengeance, Chances Are and Raise the Titanic. Fran has been nominated for seven Helen Hayes Award for which she won three, and has been twice presented with The Austin Critics’ Circle Award for her performances in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Mrs. Warren’s Profession.







Nate  Kelderman 


Nate Kelderman (Buddy) traces his first acting experience to the many varied faces he made as a baby. Most recently he played Luther in Inspecting Carol at Seattle Repertory Theatre over the holidays. Other roles include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck) and Jungalbook (Mogli) in Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Summer Drama School productions, and Peter Pan (Peter) at Stone Soup Theatre. Nate enjoys acting, riding his bike, building marble tracks and playing the violin.  He would like to dedicate this show to his loving parents, and sister, Sylvie, and thank them for all their wonderful support. 








Liz  Kimball

Liz Kimball (June Ricks) is delighted to be at SCT. NYC credits include: York Theatre, Jackson Rep, NYMF, La MaMa. Regional credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Franklin Stage, Weston Playhouse, Zach Scott, ABT (Zoni Nomination). Liz is a third year MFA actor at UT Austin, where credits include Love’s Labor’s Lost (Princess), Jekyll and Hyde (Elizabeth), Cherry Orchard (Varya) and Chronicles of Badass Women (Janis).  Liz has received an Austin Critic’s Table Award, Austin Live Theatre Recognition, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.  Many thanks to Linda, Suzan, Brant, SCT, UT, and everyone who made this collaboration possible. In loving memory of my grandparents.

Dan  Lendzian

Dan Lendzian (Voice) is thrilled to be performing with Seattle Children's Theatre! He is in his final year of the M.F.A. Acting program at the University of Texas at Austin. Dan's UT credits include Love’s Labor’s Lost, Bacha Bazi, 360 (round dance), and Clybourne Park. Other Credits: Macbeth and Dracula (FESTA Theatre in Florence, Italy); Romeo and Juliet and King Lear (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Live!); As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Valley); Birdgirl (Impact Theatre at HERE); Batboy: The Musical (Weathervane Repertory Theatre); and Butterflies are Free, The Tempest and Shipwrecked!: An Entertainment for which he received an NHTA nomination (Winnipeasakee Playhouse). Dan co-founded Playground Drama Day Camp in 2006 and serves as the director of education.  He graduated from the SUNY Fredonia with a B.F.A. in Acting and a B.A. in English.

Todd  Jefferson  Moore

Todd Jefferson Moore (Clovis) is delighted to return again to SCT after recently recreating his role as the lion in The Wizard of OZ.  This role adds to a long list of other SCT characters that include among others a frog, a rat, a dog, an owl, a tigger, a donkey, a classy lady, several friends, fathers and uncles, Santa Claus and Cyrano. Todd occasionally performs for adults, most recently in The Ramayana at ACT.








 Therese  Diekhans



Therese Diekhans (Izzy) began her professional career as an intern at The Alley Theatre in Houston.  She has worked for many fine theatres, including The 5th Avenue, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Wooden O, Book-It, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Arts West, and Seattle Public Theatre. Favorite roles include Vivian Bearing (Wit), Volumnia (Coriolanus), Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Alice (Retreat from Moscow) and Mercy (Humble Boy). Her one woman show, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, won the La Solo Fringe Award at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in Hollywood, California. When she is not acting, Therese likes to direct opera, and has had the pleasure of directing such marvelous pieces as Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Il Trovotore.

Antoinette  Robinson

Antoinette Robinson (Alma Ward) is a guest artist from the University of Texas at Austin where she is currently in her third year of the MFA Acting Program. This is her first production with SCT. UT Theatre credits: Love's Labour's Lost, Chronicles of Badass Women, StopKiss, The Cherry Orchard and Clybourne Park. Other theatre credits include: Mr. Marmalade, Spirits to Enforce, Macbeth, Marisol, Moliere In Love, 1940's Radio Hour and The Exonerated which were all performed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she received her BA in Acting/Directing.  Antoinette is so thankful to be here, and thanks you for your support!

Robert  Schleifer


Robert Schleifer (Tuc) most recently appeared as Singer in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Steppenwolf Theatre. Mr. Schleifer is a member of Actors' Equity Association, and has appeared nationwide in many prominent theatre productions including the Broadway National Tour of Big River. Chicago credits include: A Christmas Carol (Mr. Adams/Ghost of Christmas Past); The Diary of Anne Frank; Endgame; Pope Joan (Holy Ghost); and Equus (Dr. Dysart) for which he received an After Dark Award for outstanding performance. Other credits include: Police Deaf Near Far (StageLeft Theatre) for which he received an Outstanding Performance Award for the role of Stinger; Tempest (Milwaukee Shakespeare Company); Hamlet Dreams and many more. He has had the privilege of teaching classes and workshops all over the world including several renowned Opera programs in Austria and Italy.  Mr. Schleifer was educated at R.I.T and University of Rochester in New York.

Alexis  Scott

Alexis Scott (Girl) is currently a third-year MFA Acting candidate at UT Austin. Recent credits include: Ragtime (Brigit); Elvis Machine (Dixie); A Single Shard (Ensemble); 360: round dance (Wife); Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy); and The Threepenny Opera (Twisted Finger Jake). 





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Show Summary

“This is 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." - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell


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