February 13, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Department of Theatre will present "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman on Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall.

Directed by Bucknell senior Joseph De Metro, "The Children's Hour" is a tragic drama that exposes the destructive power of slander and ignorance.

Based on a true story, "The Children's Hour" follows the story of two women – Karen Wright and Martha Dobie – who run a girls boarding school. An angry student runs away from the school and tells her grandmother an untrue accusation to avoid being sent back, an accusation the grandmother shares with other parents.

The gossip causes the concerned parents to withdraw their children from the school, which leads to an investigation, a trial and three ruined lives.

De Metro, who is majoring in psychology and theatre, chose the play "because of Hellman's rich character relationships and psychological breakdowns that act to remind us all that it is so easy to get swept up into societal pressures. There is something both raw and basic about the story that we can all relate to at one moment in our lives," he said.

Tickets are available from the Box Office or at the door one hour prior to each performance. Admission is $8 per person, $6 for senior citizens.

(l. to r.) Stacey Featherstone, Jennifer Rizzi, Jakob Schaeffer, Courtney Bottanzzi; (seated) Shannon Hayes

Contact: Division of Communications

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