Laughs and Loss TheatreWorks New Milford Opens the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama ‘Rabbit Hole’ on February 20

NEW MILFORD, CONN. (February 10, 2009) – To launch its 42nd season, TheatreWorks New Milford is proud to present the Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RABBIT HOLE, by David Lindsay-Abaire. The show opens February 20, at 8 p.m., for a four-week run.

RABBIT HOLE charts the journey of Becca and Howie Corbett, a typical, suburban couple from Westchester County whose world is turned upside down in the wake of a life-shattering accident. Without sentimentality or mawkishness, Lindsay-Abaire weaves a simple and honest tale of loss filled with brilliant dialogue, all-too-familiar characters, unexpected laughter, and an overriding sense of hope for Becca and Howie’s uncertain future.

“This is one of those stories that could be so overly syrupy and self-pitying, and yet it isn’t that at all,” said Director Susan Pettibone of New Milford. “The author gives us a window into a very ‘slice of life’ situation without being over-the-top or schmaltzy. It’s very real. And even in tragedy, we experience moments that are very funny, odd, and outrageous. It’s part of what makes this play so powerful…you can’t stop watching; it’s like a book you can’t put down.”

“We have such a strong cast married with an extremely gripping story,” said Producer and President of TheatreWorks, Richard Pettibone. “It’s really the ‘perfect storm’ for a great night of theatre, one that will leave audiences with a myriad of emotions long after they’ve left their seats.”

RABBIT HOLE features some of the area’s finest actors: Heather Nicolson (Katonah, NY); Rob Onorato (Brookfield); and Kevin Sosbe, Jackie Decho-Holm, and Sonnie Osborne (all New Milford).

The production crew includes Technical Director, Scott Wyshynski (Washington); Stage Manager, KC Ross (Thomaston); and Set Designer, Erik Diaz (Brighton, Mass.).

RABBIT HOLE opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on February 2, 2006 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including best play. RABBIT HOLE went on to capture the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Variety said of the play that “David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation — an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion, and searing honesty.”

RABBIT HOLE runs February 20,21 27,28, March 6,7,8 and 13,14. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, with a 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 8. Tickets for all shows are $20.00 for reserved seating.

On Thursday, February 19, senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. is TheatreWorks’ Pay-What-You-Want night. At this performance, you name the price for your ticket.

Reservations can be made online at WWW.THEATREWORKS.US or by calling the box office at (860) 350-6863.

TheatreWorks is an award-winning, local theatre company located on 5 Brookside Avenue, just off Route 202 (next to the CVS), in New Milford, CT.


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