a rustic-looking shadowbox filled with various objects: dried flowers, a handbell, an antique telephone. In the upper left cubby is a doll with its back facing us, which appears to be cut and bleeding on its back.

The Children's Hour
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Ann Kreitman

Oct. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Building

Lillian Hellman upended American theatre in 1934 with her debut play The Children’s Hour. When an unruly student accuses schoolteachers Karen and Martha of a lesbian affair, they must navigate the truth among the lies as they fight to save their all-girls boarding school in rural Massachusetts. Breaking open The Children’s Hour, this production explores the classic play’s cultural impact and the tension between shame, survival, and how we imagine a queer future. 

This production contains depictions of bullying, violence, homophobia, racism, and suicide.

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office website or by calling 319-335-1160.

You may also be interested in attending our associated event, Borderless: Queering the Teacher, a roundtable discussion on Oct. 13 about how queer teachers reinvent learning, teaching, and the classroom. LEARN MORE