Hanover College Theatre will present “Hagar’s Children,” a different kind of Christmas play with music, about unconditional love. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, in Parker Auditorium. Evening curtain time is 7:30; there will be a special Saturday matinee (Dec. 8) at 2 p.m.
Written by Ernest Joselovitz and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Paul Hildebrand, the story takes place the day before Christmas at Bridgehaven Farm, an alternative home for five emotionally troubled teenagers and their two live-in counselors.
An interruption to the preparations for this difficult and important day occur with a crisis in this little family: someone has killed their pet lamb, and a kitchen knife is missing!
In a moving and healing finale to the play, the young people gather around their Christmas tree with their counselors on Christmas Eve to affirm their self-worth, the love they have for each other and for their little created family.
The play had its premiere at the Changing Scene Theater in Denver in 1975, and Hildebrand served as artistic director for the East Coast premier at the New Playwrights of Washington in 1976. That production went to New York City’s famed Public Theatre in 1977, where it had a successful six-week run and was published.
In 1981, Hildebrand directed the play at his rural theater in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley as part of a six-month community outreach project focused on raising community awareness and response to the needs of troubled teenagers.
The play contains adult language.
Tickets for the performance cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and $5 for youths. Performances are free to season subscribers of the Community Arts Series and to those with a current Hanover College ID.
Seating is in the intimate format at Parker Auditorium and is limited to 100 seats per performance, so advance ticket reservation and purchase is highly recommended by calling the Campus Center box office at 812-866-7110. Tickets can be purchased at the door as available.
Published Monday, November 26, 2012