The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman takes place in a boarding school in the Northeast, run by two women. An angry student runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having an affair. The accusation destroys the women’s careers, relationships, and their lives. Although written in 1934 it resonates today with its themes of bullying and prejudice.
The play was inspired by an actual incident at a school in Edinburgh Scotland, in 1887. In that case, the accusation leads to the school’s closing.
The play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist but the head of the panel refused to even read the play because it dealt with Lesbianism
The cast of this reading includes four young women who have been part of The Actors’ Gang student workshops.
This year’s Pulitzer Prize Reading Series celebrates women playwrights who were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The cost of online reserved seats for all of our Pulitzer Prize Play Reading Series evenings is $20. Additionally, “Pay What You Can” tickets are available at the door, the night of the event.