What is our responsibility towards the future? What legacy do we want to leave? The Los Angeles premiere of The Children, written by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by Simon Levy, asks these questions and more at its Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theater.
The performances begin on the interior stage of the fountain (with strict adherence to all health and safety instructions) on Saturday, November 6. The race continues until January 23.
Tony-nominated funny and amazing Kirkwood play is a tense and disturbing thriller about responsibility, redress, and what one generation owes the next. With the outside world in chaos following a devastating environmental disaster, two retired nuclear engineers lead quiet lives in a secluded cottage on the lonely British coast – until a surprise visit from a former colleague upsets the balance and the confidence of the couple.
The cast includes Ron Bottitta (Hir, Faith Healer, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Arsonists at the Odyssey Theater; Superior Donuts, Yes, Premier au Geffen; Oppenheimer, Honky, Razorback at the Rogue Machine Theater, where he also hosts the company series spoken words Rant and Rave); Elizabeth Elias Huffman (Artistic Director of the Chain Reaction Theater in Pittsburgh, most recently seen on stage in Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession at the Profile Theater in Portland); and Lily Knight (Ovation, LADCC and Stage Raw nominee for A Small Fire at the Echo Theater Company; A Delicate Balance at the Odyssey; Three Days in the Country, The Crucible, Peace in Our Time, The Autumn Garden at Antaeus, where she is a member).
“What I love about the play,” says Levy, “is that it addresses these extremely important contemporary issues about our responsibility to the planet, to each other, to future generations, and grounds them in fun, complex, and identifiable characters struggling with a moral dilemma that, quite frankly, we all face, right now, in real time. “
“The nuclear disaster the city is struggling to survive could be anything – it could be COVID or climate change,” said Fountain’s artistic director Stephen Sachs. “The moral dilemma is: what world are we leaving for our children?
The Children premiered at the Royal Court Theater in London in 2016, then moved to the Manhattan Theater Club on Broadway the following year. In 2019, The Guardian placed The Children on its list of “Greatest Theatrical Works Since 2000”. The London Independent has called millennial playwright Kirkwood “the most rewarding playwright of his generation.”
Fountain’s creative team includes set designer Andrew G. Hammer; lighting designer Christian V. Mejia; sound designer Marc Antonio Pritchett; costume designer Naila Aladdin Sanders; choreographer Annie Yee; and Nike Doukas dialect trainer. The production manager is Gina DeLuca. Stephen Sachs and James Bennett produce for The Fountain Theater. Underwriting producers include Sheila and Alan Lamson, as well as Carrie Chassin and Jochen Haber. The executive producer is Karen Kondazian.
Founded in 1990 by artistic director Stephen Sachs and Deborah Culver, the Fountain Theater has won hundreds of awards in all fields of production, performance and design, and provides a vital voice to the citizens of Los Angeles. Dedicated to the community, the Fountain produces exceptional theater that defies thought and sheds artistic light on the many under-represented voices and cultures in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti joined Los Angeles City Council to congratulate the fountain for “achieving a leadership position in the Los Angeles theater community … producing significant new plays of social and political significance that enrich the lives of citizens of Los Angeles ”.
Performances of The Children are from November 6 to January 23 on Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. (dark from December 20 to January 7). Three preview performances will take place on Wednesday, November 3; Thursday November 4; and Friday, November 5, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 45. Pay-What-You-Want seats are available every Monday evening in addition to the regular seats (subject to availability). The Fountain Theater is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (in Normandy) in Los Angeles. Secure on-site parking is available for $ 5. The Théâtre de la Fontaine is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Guests are invited to relax before and after the show at the indoor / outdoor café de la Fontaine.
Proof of vaccination and the wearing of a mask will be required from all clients. Admission limited to 12 years old and over. All current CDC and local guidelines regarding seating and masks will be followed at each performance.
For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or visit www.FountainTheatre.com.