First Act: 'Tribes' follows a family in a story about belonging and communication

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A show about family, belonging and the limits of communication, Tribes premieres Thursday at UNCW.

The UNCW students who are involved in the show, Ginny Martin, Bradley Alfieri and Cassie Frazier, joined us on WECT News First at Four Monday to talk about the performance.

Tribes tells the story of Billy, who is hearing impaired, as he tries to find his place in his argumentative, bohemian family. When Billy meets Sylvia, who is losing her hearing, he is inspired to be heard and starts learning sign language. Alfieri, who plays Billy, learned sign language for the performance.

"Billy, having to learn that, fits his character. He didn't know sign to begin with," Alfieri said. "I learned it with the character as I grew with him. It was beautiful to see the transition of being able to find yourself and be a part of a community that you fit in with."

The play runs March 22-25.

For ticket information, click here.

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