The Ringgold Playhouse (TRP) will hold the final four performances of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole" Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29.
They play, which opened last week to rave reviews, follows the story of a young couple dealing with the recent loss of their young son in an automobile tragedy. The duo then tries to navigate life, family and their marriage in the aftermath of the terrible accident.
The heartfelt show won over audiences during its first weekend, and has been praised for its realism.
"It's a small show, but it has a lot of heart and a stellar cast," said Adam Cook, TRP's executive director, who is also directing this play. "We have a reputation and a standard of producing quality work here, and this show has taken us to a new level. It's some of the best acting we've ever had on our stage."
The play's leads of Becca and Howie Corbett are played by TRP veterans Laurie Shaw and Timothy Shields, who worked together last year in "The Storm," which was written and directed by Cook.
"It was absolutely amazing," said audience member Kathy Metzger. "They touched my soul with the performance."
Scenic Stage in Chattanooga, Tenn., which reviews community theatre all over the area, call the show "a masterpiece...they have hit it out of the park."
The cast is rounded out by TRP veterans Whitney Standefer-Smith as Becca's sister, "Izzy," Kimberly Tyner Jones as their mother, "Nat," and TRP newcomer Levi Witt as "Jason," the teenager responsible for the accidental death of the Corbett's son.
"It has really evolved into a special show," Cook said. "The cast and crew are a tight unit...it's one of my favorite shows I've ever worked on."
Remaining performances are April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in person Monday-Friday at Ringgold City Hall, over the phone at 706-935-3061, or online at cityofringgold.com.
The play includes adult themes and some adult language.
"Just about everyone has lost someone in their life, and I think this play not only appeals to actors and other theatre people in our area, but also I think anyone who's ever dealt with grief will appreciate the story this group is telling," Cook said. "It's as important as any show we've ever produced."
"Rabbit Hole" at The Ringgold Playhouse
When: April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Special matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29
Where: The Ringgold Depot. 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga.
Cost: $10 general admission and $8 for seniors/students