The Owosso Community Players will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire, beginning Friday, Nov. 3 for its two-weekend run at the Lebowsky Center.
The cast consists of only five characters, all of whom struggle to manage their grief after the loss of a four-year-old child. OCP newcomers Santana Vermeesch and Matt Hutchinson of Saginaw portray Becca and Howie, the child’s parents. Owosso actresses Deb Knipe and Amy Winchell portray Becca’s mother and sister, respectively. Nicholas Richardson of Owosso plays the only non-relative in the cast in his role as Jason, the teenager who was driving the car that killed the child.
“Some playgoers may recall this play as the one that brought Cynthia Nixon her 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play,” said Director Anna Owens. The play received four other Tony nominations, and was later made into a film starring Nicole Kidman.
While the subject matter of “Rabbit Hole,” is serious, Owens wants people to know there are many comic moments in this witty script. “This show certainly will touch your heart, but it will bring some smiles along the way,” Owens said. “Most people have suffered loss and will relate to the struggles of this family.”
In an effort to enlighten playgoers on the topic of grief, OCP will host two “talk back” sessions following the Sunday matinee performances. Grief counselors will join cast members onstage to engage in discussion with the audience. “It is a way for us examine some of the issues that are brought up by the play,” Owens said. “Whether people are the ones who suffered the loss themselves, or whether they need to know how to relate to close friends who may have suffered a tragic loss, the talk-back is a great way to engage in a relevant dialogue.”
Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11; and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.owossoplayers.com, or through the box office, (989) 723-4003.