Birmingham Festival Theatre
8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24 at 8 p.m.
Special Presentation at Lyon Hall, Demopolis, on March 11 at 3 p.m. as part of the Hellman Wyler Festival!
A Letter of Invitation from Director Edward C. Miller
Don't be fooled by the title. This stunning and provocative piece is anything but child's play. When I first read "The Children's Hour" as a theatre student in the 1970's, my professor was quick to point out that Lillian Hellman was "the greatest female playwright this country has produced." Nothing has changed. Her works still rank as the finest collection of theatre penned by an American woman author.
mid-twenties, Hellman thought her writing career was at an end.
Dashiell Hammet, her companion at the time, suggested that a compilation of British court cases might provide excellent material for a play. Hellman picked from the collection "Closed Doors or The Great Drumsheugh Case" and soon the play "The Children's Hour" was on its way to being produced. It is based on a true story of a slander case in 1810 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The story of a lie, which takes on a life of its own, is about two teachers at a private boarding school for girls.
Two interesting sidebars surround the
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As excited as I am about the upcoming production, the fact that it is a part of the Hellman Wyler Festival only adds to my excitement. Lillian Hellman and William Wyler, two artists with Alabama connections, each acclaimed on their own, collaborated on several projects including the films "Little Foxes" and "The Children's Hour." Both "The Little Foxes" in Demopolis and "The Children's Hour" in Birmingham are being performed as part of the Festival. I hope you will be able to enjoy several of the Festival events listed within the schedules on this website.
Please set aside an evening in March to share with this outstanding cast headed by Jessica Clark, Meredith Murphy, Carole Armistead, Caroline Page, and Miss Sandra Taylor. I promise you will not be disappointed.
See you at the Theatre.
CAST AND CREW
OF THE PRODUCTION
Founded in 1972, Birmingham Festival Theatre is the oldest theatre in Birmingham that produces contemporary and classic theatre. It is managed by an all volunteer board of directors currently headed by Judy Jones, President. Since its founding, BFT has staged over 200 productions that have involved more than 50 directors, almost 1,000 actors and 500 crew people. During its history, BFT has entertained almost 100,000 audience members. BFT is proud to be a part of the Hellman Wyler Festival.