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2021-2022 Season


Presented by George Worthington and Cameron Mowat

About This Show

15 April - 7 May, 2022
Director: Betsy Rudelich Tucker

Why has a former colleague suddenly reappeared after 38 years—to rekindle a long-ago affair? Or does she have a more dangerous purpose in mind? A thought-provoking and challenging eco-thriller, THE CHILDREN was named one of the greatest theatrical works since 2000 by "The Guardian."


David Minton as Robin

Kat Maybury as Hazel

Jane McDonald as Rose

Production Team

Will Kerner - Producer

Betsy Rudelich Tucker - Director

Liesel A. Robinson - Assistant Director & Dialect Coach

Rain Eguiguren - Production Stage Manager

Maggie Rogers - Assistant Stage Manager

Kerry Moran - Scenic Designer

Leena Rose Miller - Food Props Coordinator

John Holdren - Sound Designer

Amy Goffman - Costume Designer

Daphne Latham - Hair and Makeup Designer

Etta Feigert - Sound Board Operator

Lori Pinkey - Light Board Operator

An astonishment … bristling with chills and suspense.” —The New York Times

Rose arrives uninvited at the isolated English coastal cottage of Hazel and her husband Robin, two retired nuclear scientists. They’ve been trying to live a normal life; Robin takes care of the cows, Hazel does yoga, even though they live only a few miles outside an environmental disaster “exclusion zone.”

Kirkwood’s pressure-cooker of a play demands that we consider our generational and social responsibilities, and the reparations we may owe to those who follow.



Click here to read the Digital Playbill

Click here to read the Study Guide for THE CHILDREN at Live Arts, curated by Education Director Ti Ames!



Sunday, April 24 at 7pm | POETRY LIVE! The World Ahead
Check out our second POETRY LIVE! showcase hosted by local poet James Cole at Vault Virginia on the Downtown Mall (300 East Main Street). The showcase will explore themes of environmental and generational responsibility that arise in THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood, featuring local poets Browning Porter, J. Thomas Brown, Ronald Berube, Bryan Hancock, Andie Weaver, and Tramere Monroe. Pay-What-You-Can tickets on sale now at

Thursday, April 28 | Post-Show Audience Talkback
Take a peek behind the curtain! Join us after the performance on Thursday, April 28 (around 9:15pm) for an audience talkback with Director Betsy Rudelich Tucker and the cast of THE CHILDREN at Live Arts.

Sunday, May 1 at 3:45pm | Community Conversation: Sustainability, Energy, Art, and Activism
Live Arts is excited to host a panel of community experts directly following the matinee performance on Sunday, May 1 to discuss themes from THE CHILDREN and the intersection between theater and environmental activism. Guest speakers include Dr. Donal Day (UVA Experimental and Nuclear Physics), Kay Leigh Ferguson (ARTivism Virginia), Dr. James Groves (UVA Engineering & Society), and Susan Kruse (Community Climate Collaborative). RSVP and submit prompts for the discussion using this form.



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