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Dr. Suzanna M. O’Brien on set as Nat looking at a pair of shoes that belonged to Danny. Photo credit: Jenelle Kalaf

A family’s start to recovery

SC4’s Drama club performs “Rabbit Hole”

Jenelle Kalaf

Staff Writer

“Anything that happens in real life should be on stage,” said Stewart Reed, a theatre instructor at SC4 in reference to SC4’s latest drama, Rabbit Hole.
Eight months ago, an awful tragedy fell upon a family. Becca and Howie, portrayed by Elizabeth Wentzel and Justin Rutherford, lost their 4 year-old son in a tragic car accident.
Now this family needs to pick up the pieces, and move on.
The seed to recovery is planted when Izzy, Becca’s sister, portrayed by Alinah Purdy-Sachs, becomes pregnant and Howie and Becca are forced to face reality.
Then the driver, Jason, portrayed by August Smith, now left emotionally wrecked, seeks forgiveness from Becca and Howie.
“It’s a sad play, but there is some hope,” said Tom Kephart, director of Rabbit Hole.
While the play does have its sad spots, Wentzel doesn’t think it’s something patrons are meant to cry over.
“This is how people deal with death in real life. No one sits around and cries in front of each other. You have to try and move on,” Wentzel said.
“It takes its toll,” Rutherford said.
“This is such a personal situation,” Olivia Jones, a student at SC4 said during intermission. “It feels like we shouldn’t be watching.”
“It’s still unsure,” Kephart said. “Everything is exposed. Everything is open. Everything is raw. The family is wearing everything on their sleeves.”
“I kept thinking about my own son’s shoes,” said Dr. Suzanna M. O’Brien who played Nat, Becca’s mother, when she recalled a scene where she has to throw out Danny’s shoes. “I still have a Barney shoe.”
“It’s easy to get emotional when everyone is giving everything they’ve got, every time,” O’Brien said.
“They just don’t know how to go on,” Kephart said. “In the end, there is a glimmer of hope for this family.”