For his debut as a director with the Warner Robins Little Theatre, Michael Castle has chosen the Pulitzer Prize winning “Rabbit Hole.”
Castle, who has been involved with the Little Theatre since 1986, directed college productions while serving in the Air Force.
“It was just a matter of time. I have always wanted to direct but needed to do my time on stage,” Castle said.
It was after reading an article on the American Theatre website about 10 contemporary scripts that people should read, that Castle first read “Rabbit Hole.” The story, which is about a family’s loss of a child, connected with him immediately; Castle and his wife lost their first child.
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“I had been this person, I knew them,” Castle said. “I also knew that the writer was communicating how someone in the position feels.”
“Rabbit Hole’s” main character, Becca Corbett played by Debbie Martin, is not really likeable in the beginning. Becca’s son Danny was hit by a car at the age of 4, and eight months later she is still not coping well. She is mad at everyone and everybody. But during “Rabbit Hole,” Becca decides it is time to rejoin the world again.
“I recognize that journey,” Castle said.
Other characters include Becca’s husband, Howie, played by Terry Minyard; her sister Izzy played by Leslie Morales and her mother, Nat, played by Dot Monahan. Jason Willette, the teenage character driving the car that hit Danny, is played by Logan Smith.
Castle said that the community support for “Rabbit Hole” has been tremendous.
“Habitat for Humanity’s Restore donated the cabinets for the set; Phillips Furniture has donated the furniture. Dale Workman donated carpet for the stage and installed it and Warner Robins Supply donated paint. Everyone has just been amazing. Most of it has been unsolicited, people just asking if they can help,” Castle said.
“Rabbit Hole” would get an R rating for language said Castle, who made the decision as director not to tone the language down.
“It is my opinion that the playwright gives characters a voice and a life in the script and that the language helps to establish the character’s feelings,” Castle said.
“Rabbit Hole” won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca.
Show dates: Sept. 12, 13; 18, 19, 20, 21; 25, 26, 27; all evening performances start at 8 p.m with the Sunday matinee starting at 2:30 p.m. Doors open an hour prior to performance. general admission tickets are $16, with discounts for students, senior citizens and active military (ID Required). For more information call 929-4579.