The West Virginia University Division of Theatre and Dance is presenting Lillian HellmansAnother Part of the Forestat the Creative Arts Center beginning Thursday (Oct. 4).
Heralded as one of the theatres most hard-hitting domestic dramas, the play is a chilling study of a wealthy and rapacious southern family controlled by a war-profiteering father whose oldest son discovers his secret.
Performances in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre will begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 9-13. In addition, there will be Saturday matinee performances at 2 p.m., Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.
Hellman wroteAnother Part of the Forestseven years after her masterpiece,The Little Foxes.
Both plays profile the entirely evil Hubbard family.
Following the success ofThe Little Foxeson stage and in the film starring Bette Davis, many people wanted to know where these characters had come from and what made them so unpleasant.
Like her contemporaries William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Hellman was a writer steeped in the culture and traditions of the Old South.
She was fascinated by the failure of the South in the Civil War.
Her characters, the Hubbards, made their fortune from war profiteering. Hellman sketches a group of people who seem to live only for greed and power. They care nothing at all for the old aristocracy, symbolized by the impoverished Bagtry family or for loving relationships.
In this play, we find out why Regina, the villain ofThe Little Foxes,decides to marry Horace Giddens instead of pursuing the man she really loves, John Bagtry.
Another Part of the Forestprovides a cast of fascinating characters, as well as some poignant moments of illumination and truth.
Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) was one of the most powerful female voices in the American theatre.
Born in New Orleans, she studied at New York University, Columbia and Tufts, but never completed a degree.
She spent time in Hollywood and became great friends with legendary director William Wyler. A famous left-wing advocate, she refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) of Congress in 1952 and was blacklisted by Hollywood until 1960.
As her career wound down, she wrote three volumes of memoirs, some of which became the popular film,Julia.
Her great plays includeThe Childrens Hour,The Little Foxes,Another Part of the Forest,the book forCandideandToys in the Attic.
The play involves an experienced cast of graduate and undergraduate actors in the WVU Division of Theatre and Dance acting program directed by Jerry McGonigle.
The assistant director is Leah Zeller and technical director is Matt Godwin. Designers include Mary Taber, sets; Mary McClung, costumes; Jason Banks, lighting; and Joe Danner, sound.
The cast includes Liza Skinner as Regina Hubbard; Dan Stevens as John Bagtry; Tammy Hoier as Lavinia Hubbard; Veronda Carey as Coralee; Alex Pawlowski as Marcus Hubbard; J.W. Walton as Benjamin Hubbard; Kyle Hayes as Jacob; John Harper as Oscar Hubbard; Jeff Potts as Simon Isham; Samantha Clay as Birdie Bagtry; Charles Griffith as Harold Penniman; Gary Paschall as Gilbert Jugger; and Jennifer Pritchard as Laurette Sincée.
Tickets forAnother Part of the Forestare available at the Mountainlair and CAC Box Offices or by calling 304-293-SHOW.