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.
The Ward Studio Company performs with a tenderness and esprit de corps rare among young theater companies today while their original storytelling style soars with imagination and surprise.
Act One, viewed from the perspective of first-class survivors, was built from 19th century sources while Act Two, developed entirely through improvisation, is told from the steerage point of view. While the entire play is visually striking and set to an enchanting musical score, it is the startling about-face in the second act that surprises, saddens and delights audiences most. Through this delicate telling of a monstrous story, we are reminded of our common immigrant ancestry and the sacrifices that were required for the journey. As one audience member has remarked, "We are all steerage!"