Presented by George Worthington and Cameron Mowat
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
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.
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 livearts.org/tix.
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.