Pulitzers Play Little Rock: RABBIT HOLE at Weekend Theater

RabbitHoleTWTThe announcement that the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama went to David Lindsay-Abaire for Rabbit Hole was a bit of surprise.  The play had actually opened on Broadway the prior season.  (While now the Pulitzer year equals the calendar year, at that time, the Pulitzer calendar went from Autumn to Autumn.)

Lindsay-Abaire’s play tells the tale of a family coming to grips with the accidental death of a four year old son.  The Weekend Theatre brought the play to life on a Little Rock stage in 2009.  Andy Hall directed the production (duties he has performed for the current Weekend Theatre production of Assassins).

Patti Airoldi took on the central role of the aggrieved mother.  Duane Jackson played her husband, Patti German played her mother, and Regi Ott was her somewhat unconventional sister.  William Moon rounded out the cast.

Though the play veers to the edge of maudlin, it never gets there.  The script presents how different people cope with grief and guilt without becoming a “Very Special Episode” of After School Special.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted.  Many of these titles have been produced numerous times.  This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.

Weekend Theatre: Judgment at Nuremberg

The Weekend Theatre’s production of Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg concludes this weekend.  Ralph Hyman directs this tale of honor, humanity, justice, and duty.

The cast is led by Alan Douglas and Tom Crone as opposing forces in this tug of war between different aspects of the justice system.  Also in the cast are matt Maguire, Frank Butler, Ebon Jones, Tucker Steinmetz, Chris Biagini, Thomas Sullivan, Wyatt Jones, Ovid Lamb, David Anderson, Byron Taylor, Jenifer Hamel, Deb Lewis, Johnnie Brannon, Drew Ellis, Samantha Porter and Patti German.

The show plays at 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow.  To reserve tickets, $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors age 65 and older, call (501) 374-3761 or visit the Web site at www.weekendtheater.org.

Arts & Humanities Month: PIPPIN at The Weekend Theatre

The Weekend Theatre’s production of Pippin continues this weekend and runs through October 23 (which is the 39th anniversary of the show’s official opening on Broadway).  Shows start at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 on Sunday afternoons.

Tonight, (October 13), there is a special “Magic to Do” performance.  Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with food and a chance to mingle with the cast, followed by a magic show at 7 p.m. featuring David Weatherly, assisted by other cast members. The performance of “Pippin” begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pippin is a fanciful musical by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz. It tells the tale of a young man searching for his place in the world and his corner of the sky.  The cast is led by Malcolm Glover, Craig Wilson, Julie Atkins, Byron Taylor, Charlie Askew, Evan Tanner, Pamela Crane and Patti German.  John C. Thompson directed the production, which was first directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.