Winter Play Hits the Stage with ‘Rabbit Hole’

by Robert Cohen & Maya Buffomante; Reporters, The Beat

AURORA – ‘Rabbit Hole’ follows the lives of a couple, who lost their 4-year-old son, how they’re coping with it, and what the correct way to cope is.

WV Theatre presents ‘Rabbit Hole.’ (photo credit / Robert Cohen)

One of the biggest challenges for the actors and actresses is recreating the bleak emotion of the script and story.

“For me personally, it’s hard to not always follow my persona of being happy,” said senior Maddie Hastings, “and so going on stage, you have to take on a whole new character and a whole new persona, and portray what that character is feeling. In this somber play, there’s a lot of tears and a lot of emotions that I don’t normally feel on a daily basis.”

There’s a difference between the winter play and fall play, for the audience, in both feeling and mood.

The fall play is normally geared toward making the audience laugh, more of a comedy; whereas, the winter play, we want the audience to feel something. We want them to go along with the cast, and come into the story along with us.

For Hastings, the winter play is another opportunity to continue to grow in theatre.

“Although I’m playing very different characters in last year’s show and this year’s show,” said Hastings. “I’ve gotten used to the dynamic of working with a smaller cast and having more responsibility with have more lines in the show. It has taught me how to channel those emotions that you normally don’t portray on a daily basis.”

Rabbit Hole is Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the WV Auditorium. For more information, visit