Director’s Notes – Rabbit Hole

I was so excited that I was chosen to direct Rabbit Hole for TGWG.  It has been a project I have wanted to be a part of for years.  And now to watch this talented group of actors bring David Lindsay-Abaire’s words to life is amazing.  While this is a difficult subject matter, anyone who has felt the loss of someone they loved will surely be touched by this play.  I have strived to find all the dimensions of the play as in the humor, the love, the family, as well as the sadness and sorrow felt by the characters.  I hope you agree that we have succeeded. 

The Playwright stresses; “Rabbit Hole is a play about a bereaved family, who are highly functional, unsentimental, spirited and often funny.  They are trying to maneuver their way through their grief and around each other, as best they can.  Rabbit Hole is not a tidy play and delicate in its tone”. 

I do so hope at the end of the evening you will take away from this play the message that while nothing is exempt from change, if you are able to feel even grief you are still alive. 

There are so many who need to be thanked for so much:

My friend John (who I affectionately call Johan) for once again being my rock; Barb for stepping in to lend me her hand again; Heather Hann for sharing with us her adorable son Jonah; Alexis Miano for ALL the kids clothes; Salvador Miano for his wonderful drawings; Ian Houston for letting us use his special robots; Ellen West for the use of her dinning room table; KTK Productions for their flats and props; Joe Moore for his continued friendship and advice; Jane for being my “go-to gal” once more; Marian Holtz for her graciousness; Reitz for just listening; sweet little Cooper for letting Aunt TT take his picture and to Oliver J. Belanger for his barks and licks.  And special thanks to you the audience who honor us by supporting live theatre in St. Louis.   Thanks to everyone, you are the best!!

Betsy Burnett-Belanger, Director

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