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Contact: David Booth, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

January 22, 2009

School of Theatre and Dance presents
David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Rabbit Hole’

DeKalb — Most people will agree that the death of a loved one is the most difficult thing a person will ever have to face.

In the next production of its 2008-2009 season, the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance presents “Rabbit Hole,” a story about how a family grieves and attempts to cope with the death of 4-year-old son, Danny, a lively boy whose short-lived life has a profound impact on those around him. 

“This play mirrors humanity and shows how we all must deal with what life dishes out – parents should never have to face the death of a child before their own,” says Patricia Ridge, NIU faculty member and director of the production.

However, Ridge was surprised to find out that the playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, had never dealt with the absolute devastation of the loss of a family member. She explains, “It was because the writer did not experience this kind of grief that he was able to write this story.” 

In his play, Lindsay-Abaire weaves a beautiful story that portrays a wide range of emotions, from grief to humor to acceptance. 

She says that despite its title, “Rabbit Hole” has little to do with Lewis Carroll’s story “Through the Looking Glass” about a girl’s travel through a rabbit hole. In contrast, Lindsay-Abaire’s play has to do with a different kind of rabbit hole, but with a similar effect. She says, “It gives the audience an intimate view of the life of a grieving family and their special boy, Danny.”

“Rabbit Hole” runs Thursday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Feb. 8, in Stevens Building Players Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus. Performances are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students with an ID, and can be purchased at the Stevens Building box office, by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at

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