Killers and Other Family

Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater & Axis Company

Written by Lucy Thurber | Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin

August 14 - September 28, 2013

Mondays at 7pm; Wednesdays at 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; Sundays at 5pm
Regular Tickets: $55; Under 30 (with valid I.D.) $15; Student (with valid I.D.) $10

Trying to escape her painful past, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to finishing her dissertation and building a life with her partner, Claire. Their routine is disrupted by a visit from Elizabeth's brother and her troubled childhood lover, as they threaten to ruin all she's built and pull her back into a cycle of destruction.

Killers and Other Family is one of The Hill Town Plays by Lucy Thurber, which comprises the inaugural Theater:Village Festival, presented by Axis Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

The Hill Town Plays is a cycle of five plays: Scarcity, Ashville, Where We're Born, Killers and Other Family, and Stay. Each play investigates a pivotal stage of the main character's life, spanning from a childhood in rural Western Massachusetts, through college and coming to terms with her sexual identity, and onto adulthood as a successful author. The cycle is an examination of the culture of poverty in America; how we are always a part of where we come from, and yet our future is determined by who we choose to be. We all come with these stories we've created; urban or rural, we have narratives we construct as a means of survival. Often they keep us from allowing others to know us, to touch the parts of ourselves we kept secret in order to remain whole. The Hill Town Plays examine how, in order to overcome the past, we have to accept the fact that it takes courage to live in the present.


Featuring: Aya Cash, Chris Stack, Shane McRae and Samantha Soule

Assistant Director: Emma Went
Lighting Design: David Zeffren
Sound Design: Steve Fontaine
Set Design: John McDermott


Running Time is 1 hour 25 minutes






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