Drama "Rabbit Hole" to be Put on by Theatre Students

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

February 12, 2013 (Notre Dame, Ind.—The Saint Mary’s College Theatre Program is proud to announce Rabbit Hole as the 2013 spring production. Performances will take place in Little Theatre, Moreau Center for the Arts, at 7:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 3.

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer award winning Rabbit Hole tells the story of a family on the brink of failing after the death of a child. Amidst the heartbreak, there are accents of sardonic humor, sarcasm, and wit. Abaire’s poignant script and interlacing of characters creates feelings of hope and trust as the audience wonders if they will make it through.

Katie Sullivan, associate professor of theatre, is directing the play. “This play is a very solid and well-written script. Lindsay-Abaire has a great ear for natural sounding dialogue. I hope that the audience will feel like they are eavesdropping on a family in crisis, yet, at the same time, be able to identify with some of the issues of loss and disconnection that the family is struggling to overcome. Even so, the playwright makes sure that we are able to laugh in spite of the subject matter,” she said.

Sullivan noted, “There is an abundance of smart, sassy, dark humor throughout this script. I think Lindsay-Abaire uses the humor to allow for the possibility or hope that things will get better--that these folks, and all of us, will find a way to carry on when life becomes very difficult."

The cast consists of three Saint Mary’s College and two University of Notre Dame students. "I am particularly enjoying working on the minute-to-minute acting with this small group of actors, most of whom I have had in class last semester. It is rewarding to watch them progress as they work together on this challenging piece," Sullivan said.

Characters include Erin Moran ’15 and Chris Silvestiri ’13 (the main couple), Sophie Korson ’13 (the mother), Kara Quillard ’13 (sister of the extended family) and Connor Nichol (a 17-year-old boy).

“We do two main stage productions a year in our program, along with many student-directed ones each spring,” Sullivan said of the College’s Theatre Program. “Last fall, we produced The Secret Garden which was a large cast musical, complete with elaborate projected scenery, complex music, period costumes, etc. We are contrasting that, this spring, with the intimate, small-cast production of Rabbit Hole which has a single setting and contemporary characters, examining some universal issues that affect people the world over.”

Tickets may be purchased online or by visiting moreaucenter.com or the Moreau Center box office Monday- Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or calling (574)-284-4626. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $13

Senior Citizens: $12

SMC/ND/HCC Faculty and Staff: $10

SMC/ND/HCC Students: $8

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.