Some thoughts on Rabbit Hole

I truly hope to see all of you next weekend for the opening of Rabbit Hole. I had the opportunity to see a rehearsal last Thursday, and I can assure you that this is going to be a night of theater you won’t want to miss.

The 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning script is a work of art on it’s own. Add to that the more than capable direction of Paul Potenza and a powerhouse cast of Jobsite regulars, old friends and newcomers and you’ve got a truly remarkable experience.

There is so much warmth, so much subtlety in this play. The characters are honest as they come, and instantly recognizable. I am most amazed at how playwright, director and cast have avoided sentimentality, manipulating the audience’s emotions and melodrama to create something that everyone can relate to despite your age or family standing.

It’s also important to note that Rabbit Hole picks up eight months after the inciting incident, the death of the Corbett’s son, and is more about that family – particularly Howie and Becca – as they attempt to sort out how things are supposed to be as they move on after the initial shock and grief of their loss.

As someone who has recently been dealing with a death very close to me, I assure you that this play is not the major heavy ‘downer’ that it might appear to be on the surface.

Jobsite has taken great pride this season in bringing you plays that on the surface might seem severe or uncomfortable – from Blackbird‘s examination of an illicit relationship to a play defending the Devil himself to a piece about an Irish terrorist who goes on a killing spree after learning of the death of his cat. Rabbit Hole is a similarly fearless choice for us in that we knew that on the surface some might be turned off by what they think this play is about.

Just as so many came to us after Inishmore remarking at how funny it was despite the subject matter, we anticipate similar reactions after Rabbit Hole. We just need you to give us the chance.

First and foremost, Rabbit Hole is a great piece of theater and we hope you take the time to spend with us. You won’t regret it.

Hope to see you all soon.


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