ASC Theatre opens season with Rabbit Hole

(09-24-2008)

Tickets for "Rabbit Hole", the first performance of the 2008/2009 Adams State College Theatre Department's season, are now on sale. Tickets are $9 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty. Call the Theatre Box Office at 719-587-TIXX for reservations.

The play, directed by Dr. Paul Newman, opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 on the Main Stage and continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 4, and Oct. 9 through Oct. 11; matinee shows are 12 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 12; all performances are on the Main Stage.

A 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire, "Rabbit Hole" is a story of a successful, married couple coming to terms with their grief over the death of their four-year-old son, Danny, who had been struck by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Jason.

Four, out of five, cast members are seniors including Elizabeth Tantanella, Josh Streeter, Emily Stiles and Heather Wilder; sophomore, Jacob Sorling completes the cast.

Howie (Streeter) and 'Becca (Tantanella), as well as 'Becca's mother, Nat (Stiles); and younger sister, Izzy (Wilder) reassure each other that the tragedy was an accident, but there is still a smoldering feeling that someone or something needs to be blamed whether it be Jason (Sorling), the family dog Danny chased into the street, or God, who wouldn't intervene to spare an innocent life.

The recrimination is tearing the family apart as Howie, who has moved into a stage of acceptance, wants to find a way to move forward with 'Becca, but she is stuck in her grief. When she finally meets Jason and the conversation turns to a short story he has written about parallel universes, she realizes that somewhere there is a happy version of herself with Danny beside her. This realization leads her to a sense of hope.

With many bright spots of comedy, this touching production will bring the audience to a deeper understanding of the fluid stages of grief, to an appreciation in the strength of family which can sustain it in times of turmoil, and a belief in the possibilities of hope in the midst of despair.

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