The Ridgefield High School Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage Lillian Hellman’s drama The Children’s Hour during November in the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium of Ridgefield High School.
The Children’s Hour takes place in Depression-era New England at an all-girls boarding school run by teachers Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. When the teachers punish a difficult and troubled student, the student retaliates by spreading a vicious lie about the two women, a lie that leaves a shaken community and shattered lives in its wake. The Children’s Hour was written in 1934 and was Lillian Hellman’s first play for the stage. The intense study of the power of a lie was inspired by an actual court case in 1810 in Scotland. Though considered thematically controversial at the time, Hellman’s play was highly regarded by theater critics and ran for 691 performances on Broadway. The RHS production has mature themes and content.