Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Theatre Presents Rabbit Hole, Opens this weekend


Beowulf Alley Presents Rabbit Hole in November

Beowulf Alley Theatre at 11 South 6th Avenue, Downtown Tucson between Broadway and Congress, presents Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Sara Falconer makes her directorial debut at Beowulf Alley with this powerful production that earned the 2006 Tony Award for Best New Play and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tickets are selling briskly and are available online and by phone. The preview performance is on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. The play runs from November 7 through the 22 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the preview only and are $20 for the run with an online only discount price of $18 at www.beowulfalley.org. The box office phone number is 882-0555.

The Sunday, November 8 performance will be followed by Dialogues with…, our discussion session with the actors, director and production team. On Thursday, November 12, there will be a benefit performance and post-play reception, hosted by Delectables Restaurant and Catering, for Ben’s Bells Project whose mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby changing our world (www.bensbells.org). Tickets for this evening are $30 with an online only discount price of $28 at www.beowulfalley.org. $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to Ben’s Bells for their meaningful work.

The cast includes Ian Mortensen, Gabe Nagy, Kristina Sloane, Nell Summers, and Marti Van der Voort. The design/production team includes Lydia Borowicz, Joel Charles, Sara Falconer, Bill Galbreath, Hilary Lyons, Dave Sewell, Noah Trimm and Angela Walker.


When asked about why she wanted to direct Rabbit Hole, Falconer said, “I saw Rabbit Hole on a snowy night in February 2006. I left the theatre and was halfway to my hotel before I realized I had forgotten to retrieve my coat. I had been struck to the core with the beautiful honesty and simplicity of the story, and not just because I had recently lost seven close family members. With stunning accuracy, Rabbit Hole illustrates how each of us gets through the day, despite the pain that sears our lives, and how circumstances, mundane as well as extraordinary, enrich and fulfill our humanity. The play is bittersweet; full of despair, tragedy, sadness, yet it is the funny, gentle moments, and the smiles that allow us to keep hoping.  We carry on every day, with the fervent hope that someday, somewhere the sadness and pain will end.  And without hope, what else is there? I came down with a cold after that night in February, and Rabbit Hole has burned like a fever in my heart ever since.”

Rabbit Hole is produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Pima Arts Council, the Janet S. Brunel Residuary Trust. This production may be inappropriate for persons under 13 years old.


Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production.  Equal and fair treatment will be provided to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status and/or marital status. 


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