Upper Jay Art Center / Recovery Lounge Event Information:
Play Reading- The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood
Cast- Howard Runyon, Lia Loomis, Heather Clague
Directed by Scott Renderer
THE CHILDREN, by Lucy Kirkwood
Hazel and Robin, two retired nuclear scientists living in a coastal cottage in the wake of a disaster at a local power station, seek to preserve a semblance of normality. Even though electricity is rationed and a Geiger counter is on hand to check for signs of radiation, Robin now farms, the super-organised Hazel practices yoga and the pair keep in touch with their eldest daughter.
But when Rose, a fellow nuclear physicist whom they haven’t seen for 38 years, suddenly turns up, their precariously ordered existence is disrupted. Has Rose come to reignite her old affair with Robin or does she have some darker purpose? We are well into Kirkwood’s two-hour play before we have an answer.
"A far- reaching, unsettling play about legacy, survival, and responsibility... Deceptively lightly written and often tartly funny... Kirkwood tackles huge themes and poses tough, even shocking questions, but weaves them into a droll script that both chastises and sympathizes with her characters..." -Financial Times
"Grips compulsively... Genuinely disturbing... Leaves you an abundance of ideas on which to ruminate."