Thunder River tackles classic in production of `Little Foxes’
The Thunder River Theater Company will bring an American classic to the stage this weekend with its staging of “The Little Foxes.”The production will be performed at the new Carbondale Community School on Dolores Way on June 11 and 12 and again on June 16-19. Show time is 8 p.m.”The Little Foxes,” playwright Lillian Hellman’s best-known work, was recently selected as one of the 50 top American plays of the century.Set in the spring of 1900, brothers Ben and Oscar Hubbard plan to establish a mill in their town to complement their cotton holdings. They ask for help from their sister, Regina Giddens, who is married to the president of the local bank, and he refuses to become involved. Theft, deceit and blackmail mark the action.Regina’s amoral efficiency in cutting through blood ties and marital bonds to secure control of her family’s business sustains “The Little Foxes,” as one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of American plays. (Bette Davis brought the role of Regina to the big screen.) It’s an expertly constructed, grippingly paced plot that pits good against evil and lets evil win, notes Lon Winston, artistic director for Thunder River.It’s a story that remains relevant today, said Winston. “The Little Foxes takes place at the turn of a new millennium. It’s a story of robber barons that bears an all-too-close resemblance to the many family businesses turned mega-corporations ruled by greed,” he explained. “For our production, the 1900 time frame only serves to emphasize the reality that evil still flourishes. The metaphor of little foxes that destroy the vineyard is particularly relevant to this valley and our heritage of the West as we approach the next millennium.”The Thunder River production is part of an ongoing Latin Initiative developed by the theater company and the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. It is funded in part by the Colorado Council on the Arts.To do a larger-scale production than usual, Winton has compiled a cast of the company’s resident actors, as well as a few experienced Colorado Mountain College actors and others. The cast includes Thunder River members Valerie Haugen and Bonnie Cobb; CMC regulars Tom Cochran, Dan Hugo, Cindy Cochran, Jeff Carlson and Ryan Fleming; and valley actors Douglas Rintell, Kelly Renoux, Ryan Fleming and Tamara Degler.Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for members of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and $8 or $6 for students. For reservations, call the CCAH office at 963-1680.
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