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Powerful Drama to Open Loyola

Loyola press release - September 17, 2003

One of the most acclaimed plays by a prominent American writer will be the first fall production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman will run in Marquette Theatre on October 1 – 5. It will be directed by guest artist Anne Kauffman.

The Children’s Hour was first produced in New York in 1934. It was successfully reviewed in 1955, and made into a movie in 1962. On the surface, the story is simple enough. In a private school for girls, a student (Mary) spreads a rumor about two of her teachers (Karen and Martha). The gossip is pure fabrication but it brings about the financial ruin of the school as well as the destruction of the teachers’ self worth. In the play, Ms. Hellman deals with the eternal theme of truth versus subjectivity and perceived reality.

“I am interested in Martha’s journey with regard to survival,” said Kauffman, a freelance director from New York City. “She internalizes the accusations and willingly becomes the image her accusers have generated. It is the internalization which ultimately destroys her.”

The Children’s Hour will run in the Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on October 1, 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m., and October 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information call 865-3824.