UF’s version of “The Children’s Hour” to feature contemporary themes
The University of Findlay’s Theatre Program will close its 2014-2015 season with “The Children’s Hour,” a 1934 drama by Lillian Hellman.
Shows will be staged in the Egner Center for the Performing Arts’ John and Hester Powell-Grimm Theatre on April 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 19 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the Alumni Memorial Union’s box office and can be obtained by calling the box office at (419) 434-5335. They can also be bought at the door. The cost is $5 for general admission; $3 for students and senior citizens; and free for UF faculty, staff and students.
A classic of the American stage, “The Children’s Hour” follows two long-time friends, Karen and Martha, who founded the successful Wright-Dobie School for Girls. When a malicious student is punished for lying, she fabricates a story that her teachers are having a lesbian affair. As the rumor spreads and students are removed from the school, Karen and Martha’s lives unravel, causing them to question everything they know, or think they know, about themselves and one another.
The University of Findlay’s production will incorporate advanced projections and video to connect Hellman’s startling original vision with contemporary themes of cyber bulling and intolerance.
Directed by Christopher Matsos, assistant professor of theater, the play will feature actors Tabitha Kittle, Aliana Counts, Ben Frankart, Allison Dilbone, Adrianna Quinones, Abbey Bumbledare, Rachel Coberley, Rose Mansel-Pleydell, Sarah Schroeder, Adrianna Powell, Emma Lamore, Kat Slate, Casey DiCioccio, Lindsey Skinner and Jessica Herman.