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Fathoms of grief

TWU’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ grapples with sudden loss

Texas Woman’s University opens the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, on Wednesday.

The drama revolves around a married couple, Becca and Howie, who have been stunned by the accidental death of their 4-year-old son. The mundane tasks of life take on a maddening meaninglessness for Becca, and leave Howie lonely and needy as the couple tries to rebuild their lives.

Rabbit Hole explores the ripple-effect of grief as each family member experiences the loss in different ways. The play was adapted for film in 2010, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

The cast at TWU includes graduate student Kristi Smith and undergraduates Kayla Harris and Claire Watson. University of North Texas undergraduate students Matthew Woldt and Seth Jones collaborate with TWU for this production. Professor emerita Sharon Benge directs.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 18-19; 4 p.m. Oct. 17; and 2 p.m. Oct. 19-20. All performances are in TWU’s Redbud Theatre Complex on the north side of Hubbard Hall, located just off Administration Drive.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 62 and older. The 2 p.m. Oct. 19 show will be a pay-what-you-can performance. For reservations, call 940-898-2020 or visit

— Lucinda Breeding