The Columbus State University Department of Theatre’s production of Lillian Hellman’s groundbreaking play “The Children’s Hour” Opens Nov. 2 at CSU’s Riverside Theatre Complex in downtown Columbus.
The play made its debut in 1934 and is set in a fictional New England Town in the 1930s. It tells the story of an all-girls boarding school run by two headmistresses who are accused by a disgruntled student of having a lesbian affair. The false accusation spreads, destroying their careers, relationships and lives.
“The main premise of ‘The Children’s Hour’ and I believe the main message is about truthfulness, “ said Marcia Faith Harper, who portrays Amelia Tilford in the production, “It’s about a lie that gets circulated, it starts small and it snowballs. It’s about how telling the truth is so important because when you don’t it can really, really hurt someone.”
Harper said she hopes modern audiences will think about the importance of considering the source of the information. “ My character listens to the wrong source and it has disastrous results.”
Ashley Peterson, who portrays Mary Tilford (the source of the false rumor), says she hopes audiences will also take way the importance of simply being kind to others.
“There are so many people hurt in this show because of a lot of intolerance, “ she said, “ Even though it’s misplaced, and it was a lie, it still wouldn’t have been good even if it was true.”
Performances are scheduled for Nov. 2,3, 8, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults , $15 senior/military/alumni, and $12 for children. Please note this is NOT a children’s show.
The Riverside Theatre Complex is located at the corner of 10th St and Bay Ave. in downtown Columbus. The box office will be open the week of the performances and will be open one hour prior to showtime for each showing. Call the box office at 706-507-8444 to get tickets or for questions. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from noon - 6 p.m.