Palo Alto Players Present the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play, Rabbit Hole
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The last date listed for Rabbit Hole was Friday February 5, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Palo Alto Players continues their 2009-2010 season with RABBIT HOLE, opening January 23, 2010 at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto. This winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, as surprisingly funny as it is touching and honest, will have eleven performances through February 7, 2010 and tickets are now on sale by ordering online at www.paplayers.org or by calling (650) 329-0891.
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until that one day when a random accident forever shatters their calm suburban existence and turns their world upside-down. When things that used to make sense now make no sense at all, the Corbetts do their best to come together as a family despite the idiosyncrasies that separate them. Honest and humorous to anyone who has dealt with the chaos that the unexpected brings to a family, RABBIT HOLE is a story of the ways we try to help put each other together and start living again, with varying degrees of success. This deeply affecting and often funny play from David Lindsay-Abaire reaffirms the power of the human spirit and its indomitable ability to survive and find hope.
RABBIT HOLE was originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory, and made its Broadway debut with a production that was nominated for five Tony Awards, including outstanding production. Cynthia Nixon won a Tony Award for Leading Actress as Becca, the grieving mother. The play is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.
The seed of this touching story of a family in turmoil and their awkward efforts to find a way to band together was first planted when playwright David Lindsay-Abaire was challenged to write about what frightens him most. It was after Lindsay-Abaire became a father that he could take this challenge to heart. The story of a couple who suddenly lost their young son inspired him to follow his desire to write a naturalistic play, and he penned RABBIT HOLE. The fact that the writer of the absurdist plays Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo wrote such an honest and touching story may come as a surprise, but, Lindsay-Abaire defends the theme of this play as one that is very much in line with his others. “As absurd as Fuddy Meers or Kimberly Akimbo is, they’re still very much about protagonists finding themselves in a confusing, upside-down world where nothing seems to make sense. They’re about people seeking clarity in a constantly shifting environment. And that’s certainly what RABBIT HOLE is about.”
Marilyn Langbehn of Oakland makes her return to directing for Palo Alto Players with RABBIT HOLE after having directed the darkly-comic classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the 2008 – 2009 season. Langbehn is, herself, a fixture in the Bay Area arts community, having directed countless shows. In 2007 her direction of a production of Driving Miss Daisy in the East Bay helped the show be recognized as one of the “Top Ten Bay Area Productions” of that year by the Contra Costa Times.
The Palo Alto Players cast of RABBIT HOLE is as follows:
Becca – Shannon Warrick (Sunnyvale)
Howie – Earle Carlson (Burlingame)
Izzy – Kate McGrath (San Jose)
Nat – Jackie O’Keefe (San Jose)
Jason – Zachary Freier-Harrison (Palo Alto)
Patrick Klein, resident Technical Director, will be designing the look of the show in cooperation with resident costumer Mary Cravens, and props master Pat Tyler. RABBIT HOLE will also bring back Carolyn Foot and George Mauro to design lights and sound, respectively. Foot and Mauro also designed for Palo Alto Players’ spellbinding production of Romeo and Juliet. Mauro is also serving as stage manager for the production. The show will also feature the subtle make-up artistry of Kate Richbourg. Technical direction and production management are performed by Patrick Klein.
RABBIT HOLE is the third offering in Palo Alto Players’ 79th season dedicated to the importance of “Making Every Minute Count”. After RABBIT HOLE, setting the Lucie Stern stage ablaze with spectacle and song will be Jonathan Larson’s musical phenomenon, RENT in April and May. The season concludes in June with the longest running comedy in Off-Broadway and Los Angeles history, JEWTOPIA! by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson.
The Lucie Stern Theater is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. RABBIT HOLE and the 79th season of Palo Alto Players is produced in cooperation with the City of Palo Alto Division of Arts and Sciences.