Experience Humor and Humanity with 'Rabbit Hole'

The Pultizer Prize award-winning play, which focuses on real-world situations, opens March 4.

Written By: Richard Privitt

Pam Brown, Alex Moore, Mariel Morgan and Nathan Jacobs

Pam Brown, Alex Moore, Mariel Morgan and Nathan Jacobs portray the Corbett family in the Department of Theatre and Dance's rendition of "Rabbit Hole."

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rabbit Hole” by David Linsday-Abaire at 8 p.m. March 4-6 and 2 p.m. March 7 in the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre.

“Rabbit Hole” centers around Becca and Howie Corbett, a family who has everything they could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. The story follows the Corbett family in their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

“Although the play centers on the tragic fallout a young couple experiences after the accidental death of their little boy, the playwright, David Lindsey-Abaire, never lets the journey fall into false sentimentality,” Bruce Hermann, director and professor of theatre, said. “The conditions and circumstances are presented with utter honesty and humanity, and surprisingly, with a great deal of humor.”

Hermann believes “Rabbit Hole” is a plot to which people can relate.

“At no time in the production will the audience not recognize these characters; no abstraction here, just human beings experiencing extraordinary life circumstances, as we all have or most certainly will,” he said. “The characters on stage are us. I encourage everyone to pay good money to get their hearts broken, laugh and remember what it is to be human.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students with a valid Texas Tech ID. For more information, call the Maedgen Theatre box office at (806) 742-3603.

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School of Theatre & Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance is part of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and fosters the highest standards of scholarship and creative activity, providing opportunities for students and faculty to work actively in both areas. It champions training and education in a breadth of specialized programs, encourages students to cross boundaries between them, and prepares them for careers in both practice and pedagogy. By integrating theory, artistry, performance and scholarship, and striving to promote an inclusive and equitable environment, the school serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of our communities.

The university is one of two in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in fine arts.

Students in the School of Theatre & Dance pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history and playwriting.