“Excellent…both human and humane, keeps you guessing” - Chicago Tribune
The Children is closed
due to coronavirus
Run time: 1h 39m
We will be streaming the third play of our 41st season, The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, through Vimeo ON-DEMAND. Patrons will be able to watch a digital video stream of the play from April 9 at 12am through April 22 at 11:59pm. There are a limited number of seats available for sale.
The ticket price will provide funds to pay our creative team members, Stage West Staff, as well as support our mission and Campaign. If the household is in economic hardship, the promo code HARDSHIP will be available to buy the play for $20. There will be a limited but generous number of these codes available for use. We ask that all viewers consider the number of people who will be watching within a single household.
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.
Director - Kara-Lynn Vaeni+
Assistant Director - Nic McMinn
Stage Manager - Tiffany Cromwell*
Assistant Stage Manager - Flower Avila
Set Designer - Will Turbyne
Lighting Designer - Leann Burns
Sound Designer - Kellen Voss
Costume Designer - Yvonne Johnson
Prop Designer - Lynn Lovett
Movement Choreographer - Danielle Georgiou, PhD
Technical Director - Bryan Stevenson
Assistant Technical Director/Shop Manager - Karlee Perego
Master Carpenter - Allen Dean
+Member SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*Member, Actors Equity Association
Lucy Kirkwood is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. In 2009, Lucy’s play IT FELT EMPTY WHEN THE HEART WENT AT FIRST BUT IT IS ALRIGHT NOW was produced by Clean Break Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre. The play was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barratt. CHIMERICA premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Recent work includes MOSQUITOES (presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club), which opened at the National Theatre, London, in summer 2017; and THE CHILDREN, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. THE CHILDREN opened on Broadway in December 2017. Lucy also writes for screen: She has written for "Skins" (Company Pictures); created and wrote "The Smoke" (Kudos/Sky 1); wrote and directed the short film "The Briny"; and is developing projects with Raw TV, Cowboy Films, Clio Barnard, and Lenny Abrahamson. Her new six-part season "Adult Material" (Tiger Aspect Productions) and the mini-series of her play CHIMERICA (Playground Productions) have both recently been greenlit.