WHEN: Opens Feb. 20, and runs through Feb.        22, at 7 p.m. nightly

WHERE: ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St. 

Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s  “Rabbit Hole” from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. nightly at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St. on campus.

The 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart. The audience will view how Becca and Howie Corbett’s picture-perfect family life in the suburbs of New York is tested when their 4-year old son’s life is taken in a random, tragic accident by a young driver, Jason. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. 

As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process as Jason continually shows up to ask for forgiveness. The group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. 

Director and assistant professor of Theatre, Nathan Jacobs, is excited about introducing this play to the ASU community and the extended “CommUniversity.”

“This (the play) is a contemporary work that should be accessible to today’s audiences,” Jacobs said. “We’ve all experienced and wrestled with grief… it’s really about learning to cope with tremendous loss and still move forward in life.”

“Rabbit Hole” is double-casted with an advanced cast of senior theatre majors and an understudy cast of freshmen and sophomores. Retired dean Dr. Tommie Stewart established the tradition to give more students the opportunity to experience the main stage.

Jacobs said casting at least two (2) actors for each role, challenges both the students and the director. 

“Our Theatre students are always willing to be challenged with new work, new concepts, as well as the classics,” Jacobs said. “You have to make sure you develop chemistry between all the actors – not just between certain casts. There’s definitely a level of safety in it – just in case a student leaves the cast for example,” observed Jacobs. “But it can also be very tenuous to do this type of directing well.” 

The performances are $12 for general admission, $6 for ASU students with valid IDs, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, visit Return.com or call 334-229-6929/4551.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott contributed to the release.

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