Rabbit Hole offers feeling of reality

Emily Seigel

Every once in a while, a play comes along that is relatable and intriguing. Southern Theatre has begun the process of its second production, Rabbit Hole, a dramatic following of a family that recently lost a son. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway in 2006 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2007.”It’s a play about real people,” said Timothy Klein, director. “It deals with the subject of death and grieving in a unique way.”Klein described the play as “contemporary realism.” “It’s very cinematic,” he said. “I think it’s something that’s going to appeal to everybody on campus and the community as well.” While Rabbit Hole is a drama that deals with serious issues such as grief and mourning, there are also moments that are funny and light, Klein said.Cast members include professional actor Matt Campbell, who came to Southern as a student after living and working in New York for seven-and-a-half years. Campbell plays Howie, a father dealing with his son’s death.”[Rabbit Hole] examines realism and takes theatre into a realistic state,” he said. “It confronts issues people don’t like to talk about.” Rabbit Hole runs Oct. 13-17, with an invited audience show Oct. 12.