Members of the USU Eastern Theater department will present “Rabbit Hole” starting Thursday, Feb. 18. The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and follows the story of a grieving couple as they learn to cope with the loss of their child in an automobile accident.
“I’ve actually really enjoyed it because the play is a little bit more dramatic,” explained actor Cameron West who plays Howie, the father of the deceased child. Howie’s wife, Becca, is played by Whitney Humphreys.
“One of the great things about this play is that, as dramatic and heavy as it is, it also is very funny,” Humphreys explained, “There are tons of zingy one-liners that are just hilarious.”
The play has given actors a chance to broaden their experience in portraying new characters and also to feel a part of something larger, something that director Dr. Corey A. Ewan explained is unique to USU Eastern actors.
“One of the nice things that we have with our program that I think kind of sets us apart from a lot of the others, is that we have a tendency to treat the students more like family,” Ewan said.
The family of cast members will present the play starting Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peterson Black Box Theatre in the university’s central instruction building with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on the 20th. The production will also run the following week, Feb. 25-27, also at 7:30 p.m.
Viewers should be advised that the play contains some mature language and themes, and children under six will not be admitted.