How can anyone come to terms with the death of their own child, grandchild, or nephew? Then what happens when family members all mourn in different ways? Each family member can feel alone as though each is living in a separate universe of grief. Yet no matter what, life is resilient in the face of despair. Haven’t we all heard laughter at a wake? In this spirit Lindsay-Abaire sprinkles his heart-wrenching scenes with comedic moments and human connection that inspire hope.
Meredith asked me in early 2012 if I’d like to work with her to produce RABBIT HOLE. I hadn’t done a play in a while due to the time commitment. I said yes because of the adventure of self producing plus the role of Nat is a wonderful, challenging role for me. The adventure continues even after we open.
Martyn G. Krouse
I’ve worked with David Lindsay-Abaire’s material before. He’s an incredibly funny writer and I knew him for his quirky comedy. RABBIT HOLE is a different beast but it retains his signature human touch. Even in the midst of the worst thing I can imagine going through as a parent, his characters still laugh, joke, flirt and fight—because that’s what people do. And because of that, the sadness that peeks through is all that much more powerful.
I like plays/stories that shine a light on the really hard things in Life that we may not necessarily want to look at or deal with. The messy stuff. The ugly, painful & unbearable. This play examines one of the most fragile of human conditions: people processing the loss of a loved one. Having suffered my own loss, it is my hope that this play will bring comfort (or at least a few laughs) to anyone dealing with sorrow that needs to find some relief.
Photos by Armen Stein