On Friday, May 23, Chicago Street Theatre is proud to present Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. The play, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama runs May 23 through June 7 at the theatre located at 154 W. Chicago Street. Rabbit Hole tells the story of a couple struggling to come to terms with the loss of their three year old son, Danny and the affects his death has on their family.
Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 PM with a 2:30 PM Matinee on Sunday, June 1. Tickets are $18 for Adults and $15 for Students and Seniors (62 & Up). Box Office Hours are Weekdays 10 AM to 2 PM and two hours prior to show times. Purchases can also be made online at ChicagoStreet.org. CST will hold a Thursday Talk-back performance on June 5 at 8 PM where the audience is invited to discuss the play with the cast and crew following the show.
The play is directed by CST veteran actor and director David Pera and features the ensemble cast of Mary DeBoer (Valparaiso), Dean Perrine (Chesterton), Barbara Malangoni (Valparaiso), Carly Smith (Pines) and Jacob Barber (Crown Point). Despite the subject matter of Lindsay-Abaire's play, the drama is a heartwarming story told with lots of humor and hope as the family works through their grief.
For Mary DeBoer who plays Becca in the drama, the play has been a very personal journey for her to play out on stage. Mary and her husband David have lived through the experience of having lost a child. Although the circumstances are different, Mary shared that the challenges her character faces in the play are similar to her own struggles and that has had a lot to draw from. "While it is inevitable that we will all at one time face the loss of a loved one, the loss of a child belies common sense or reason," She added," I think audiences will be captivated by this emotionally gripping and thought-provoking play."
On Friday, May 23 audience members are invited to attend an Opening Night Party with the cast and crew at Bon Femme Cafe located at 66 W. Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso. The following Friday another downtown restaurant, Valley Kitchen and Bar will host a Happy After Hours Party following the presentation. Valley is located at 55 Franklin Street. Audiences are also invited to visit CST's website to see the theatre's participating "Dining Partners" and the offers available to them when dining out before the plays. Patrons presenting their tickets for the day of the show can receive discounts on their entrees.
Rabbit Hole features Lighting Design by Bob Cooley, Original Music by Andrew Slasch, Sound Design by Mary A. Bird, Scenic Design by Eric Brant and Costumes by Kat Lutze. In 2010 the play was adapted into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhard. Next up for Chicago Street Theatre will be their 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Porter Regional Amphitheater for July 11 and 12's Shakespeare at Central Park Plaza. Reserved and VIP seating packages for these two outdoor performances are available on the group's website and through the Box Office at 219-464-1636.