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A Drama by Lillian Hellman

Directed by Peter Kates
Produced by Marguerite Copel & Steve Doherty

Performances in the Auditorium of the
Kingston Intermediate School
March 26 & 27 and April 2 & 3, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.


Lillian Hellman's first play, "The Children's Hour", is set in the 1930's at a private boarding school for girls. The school was established by two young and able teachers, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. A spoiled, manipulative student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two teachers of having an "abnormal attachment" for one another. Acting in what she believes to be the students' best interests, Mary's grandmother and major financial supporter of the Wright-Dobie School destroys the school along with the teachers' self-worth. Later it is discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but by that time irreparable damage has been done.

Based on an early 1800's case in Scotland, few contemorary scripts equal Hellman's portrayal of pure evil. Introduced in 1934, "The Children's Hour" shocked and fascinated Broadway audiences with its frank treatment of lesbianism and enjoyed a run of 691 performances. It also spawned two film adaptations including "These Three" (1936) penned by Hellman herself.

Cast & Production Staff

CatherineErica Nichols
EvelynHannah Bailey
HelenJamie Justice
JanetErin Hannigan
LoisKayla Kane
PeggyHaley Reddington
RosalieKristina Harris
Mary TilfordHolly Ordway
AgathaSarah McLean
Mrs. Amelia TilfordPat Peterson
Dr. Joseph CardinDoug Macaskill
Karen WrightStephanie Gallagher
Mrs. Lily MortarChris Bailey
Martha DobieMartianne Sullivan
A Grocery BoyDarren Fitzgerald
DirectorPeter Kates
ProducerMarguerite Copel
Co-ProducerSteve Doherty
Stage ManagerChristine Ordway
Costume Coordinator & MakeupAida Harris
Set Construction LeadRicki Bowser
Set DesignPeter Kates