Genre: Drama
conceived and written by Wendy Ward in association with the Ward Studio Company

Set alternately in mid-19th and late-20th century Ireland, At The Hand of My Mother presents interwoven stories of the deaf community's ongoing struggle to communicate and exist on its own terms. Whether being forced to abandon the language of signing her mother taught her or fighting to liberate herself from the "signing-only" home from which she came, our young heroine finds herself at the mercy of those in the hearing world who claim to know what's best for her.

At The Hand of My Mother is the story of a child's desire to fit in, a mother's anguish at losing her daughter to the hearing world and an unsentimental portrait of mother-daughter commitment in the midst of this adversity.

Open:   01/12/08
Close:   04/05/08

shows run saturdays 8pm and sundays 3pm and 7pm until April 5th, please see for more information
Theater:   Ward Studio
Address:   145 W. 28th St. Suite 8F
New York, NY
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  Roni Yaniv was born and raised in Israel, were she has been involved in various theatre productions taking different roles, and collaborating with artists who share her view of the theatre being one integral unit of art and its creators being involved in all aspects of it. Some of her previous work includes: period of adjustment-Habima national theatre (assistant director), School of design for performing arts (lecturer), Hertzelia studios (costume designer).

In the summer of 2006 she arrived in New York to train with the ward studio, and has joined the ward studio company at 2007

  Merel Smitt was born and raised in The Netherlands.

After finishing her acting program there, she decided

to cross the ocean and attend the 2005 summer

intensive at the Ward Acting Studio in New York.

She completed the acting program in July 2007

and is very grateful to be a member of the Ward

Studio Company. Previous parts at the Ward Studio

include: Felicity in "The Real Inspector Hound",

Sarah in "Seascape" and Mary-Jo in

"Whose Life is it Anyway?"

  Meagan Barno is originally from Syracuse, NY. After receiving her BFA in Theatre Studies from Niagara Unviersity, she moved to New York for the 2006 Summer Intensive at the Ward Studio. She completed the training program last May and is honored to be a member of the 2007 Ward Studio Company. Past roles at the studio include Babe in Crimes of the Heart, and Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound.
  After training with Freehold Theater in Seattle,

Washington, Gina Galliano relocated to New York.

She then began her training with the Ward Studio.

She has been involved in several productions,

including Crimes of the Heart, Win/Lose/Draw,

Whose Life is it Anyway and Seascape.

She would like to thank her friends and family for

their encouragement, patience and love.

  Alden Burgess is a writer/director/actor whose work is inspired by his extensive study of past masters. While attending Rockport College's Professional Certificate program he directed, edited, and wrote a number of short films. He is currently working at Eastern Effects, a grip and electric rental house serving the greater New York area. His independent short film, Chance, is a Platinum Remi Winner at WorldFest-Houston and has been featured in over a dozen film festivals. He had his acting debut earlier last year in Tom Stoppard's Real Inspector Hound, which he followed up with a starring role in Peter Shaffer's The Public Eye. Alden is a recent graduate of Meinser training program at the Ward Acting Studio.