Theatre Fairfield stages "The Children's Hour"


Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield will stage its first production of the fall season, "The Children's Hour," by Lillian Hellman, from Nov. 1 through 5, in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

This controversial early 20th-century play begins when two teachers discipline a deceitful young girl who then twists their statements into lies and leads her gullible grandmother to believe the teachers had other intentions. The educators soon learn the power of horrific gossip and malicious lies. The play, hailed for its daring insight, explores the conditions of censorship and acceptance.

The production is directed by guest artist Doug Moser. Well-known in the region as a theater director, Moser believes that the play is as relevant today as when it was written. "In 1952, Hellman mounted a revival of her play on Broadway but, because of the 'red scare' of the era, the play took on new meaning since, like many politically active artists, Hellman was blacklisted in Hollywood," he explained.

"With a few alterations, "The Children's Hour' reflected this turmoil," he continued, "examining the nature of gossip and how a campaign of whispers can ruin someone's life."

Assisting Moser is Lynne Porter, Theatre Fairfield's producer and Susan Haggstrom, technical director. Hugh Hanson will design the costumes, Lynne Chase is lighting designer, Matt Mezick is sound designer and Kevin Schneck is scenic designer.

Megan Bell and Liz Capinera play the roles of the two teachers; Angela Lewonczyk is the deceitful young girl. Also appearing in the cast are: Kathe Almonte, Rehan Ansari, Stephanie Arapian, Tanya Chavez, Kim DiVincenzo, Patrick Dorion, Lara Eckler, Sean Harrell, Jessica Michael, Kathleen Mooney and Lauren Papa. With the full ensemble and technical crew, this production involves more than thirty Fairfield University students.

Performance dates are Wednesday through Saturday, November 1-4, at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5 at 2 p.m. For tickets at $12 general admission; $3 for students, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 6, 2000

Vol. 33, No. 58