Blaine Nosworthy

Blaine Nosworthy

Family tragedy explored in Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Collective play Rabbit Hole

NANAIMO - Kismet Theatre Collective presents the play Rabbit Hole in Nanaimo at the Harbour City Theatre.

A tragedy causes two families to descend into grief in the play Rabbit Hole.

“It’s a really incredible glimpse into this family’s life,” said Bonnie Catterson, director of the play, which is being presented by Kismet Theatre Collective. “It’s so well written. It’s beautifully written and it’s so sad, but it is also really funny. It’s very poignant.”

One of the questions raised during the play is how will the characters survive after the loss, said Catterson.

The tragedy the family is suffering from isn’t revealed to the audience until later in the play. Audience members piece together what has happened from snippets of conversations between the family members.

“It’s so believable and the characters are so raw and the relationships are so raw and that is what is going to make audiences connect with it,” said Catterson.

Blaine Nosworthy plays the character Howie. His character struggles to support his wife, played by Tarah Sullivan, deal with her loss.

“I am the one who bears the brunt of the frustration,” he said, adding he’s trying to hold his family together.

Sullivan said audience members get a bird’s-eye view.

“It’s almost assumed the audience knows who these people are. Knows what is happening and knows why they are struggling,” said Sullivan.

“The way it is written is off-tempo and it is really interesting. They start in a very innocuous way; they don’t make it obvious this tragedy is going to be announced.”

The Rabbit Hole shows at Harbour City Theatre, located at 25 Victoria Rd., Friday and Saturday (Oct. 7-8) and Oct. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance from Catwalk Fashions and Persona Hair Group.

For more info, please go to the Facebook page http://bit.ly/2duB5Bu.

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