It can’t be said that Spotlight Players Theatre is afraid of challenging dramatic fare. Past shows this season such as Doubt and The Zoo Story are challenging pieces of modern theatre meant to elicit conversation among audience and producers. Their latest dramatic undertaking delves deep into family drama in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, which examines the difficult process of mourning the loss of a child. Spotlight Players’, of Beech Grove, Indiana, latest Indianapolis theatre opens Rabbit Hole Friday, June 4 and runs through June 20. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event are $12.00 for Indianapolis people and $10.00 for Indianapolis kids and seniors.
This Pulitzer Prize winning play opened on Broadway in New York in 2006 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. It starred Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Tyne Daly. In the leading role of the grieving mother, Becca, Nixon won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play that year. The heart wrenching play was so successful in New York, that it has gone on to enjoy several productions across the United States and is even being made into a film starring Nicole Kidman to be released in 2010.
Rabbit Hole follows the story of married couple Rebecca and Howie following the tragic death of their four year old son in a car accident. As they try to recover from the accidental death of their son Danny, which happened eight months earlier, they struggle to maintain a sense of reality. Each member of the family including Becca’s mother, Nat, and her younger sister Izzy try in their own ways to comfort the family as they deal with such a tragic loss.
Yet Becca suffers from survivors guilt, feeling responsible for her child’s premature death as he chased the family dog into the street and was hit by a car. Stuck in the moment her back turned from him while she was on the phone, she must learn to forgive herself for the responsibility she places on herself for his death.
Things are tangled further among this shattered family when Becca’s sister Izzy announces a pregnancy. Howie and Becca must come to terms with life’s process of moving forward. But when Jason, the young man driving the car that fateful day, show up on Becca’s doorstep, it seems impossible to escape the memories of her son’s death. The play has been hailed as a “bittersweet drama about finding hope in the lowest moments of our lives and the paths we take to return to the light of day.”
For anyone that has experienced such severe loss, Rabbit Hole is a gentle treatment of a painful event. This sublimely sweet and sensitive script offers a glimpse into the ways in which humans face mourning, and the unexpected ways in which we heal. Don’t miss Rabbit Hole at Spotlight Players Theatre in Beech Grove, Indiana June 4 through June 20. Performance are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
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June 4 to June 20
524 Main Street
Beech Grove, IN 46107