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YCP TheaterWorks Holds Auditions for
Rabbit Hole

Auditions for the YCP TheaterWorks’ production of RABBIT HOLE, directed by Larry Schneider will be held on Monday-Tuesday, February 20-21, at 7:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Shrub Oak.


A personal upheaval has torn at the fabric of the Corbett family of Larchmont, New York. Becca Corbett, her husband Howie, sister Izzy, and mother Nat are all healing. The problem is, they are healing in their own way and at their own pace, resulting in a family that’s both discordant and dysfunctional; everything they say or do seems to generate the wrong effect. At the same time, Jason, the teenager involved in the tragedy, is wracked with guilt and wants to establish his own connection with the family.

The play consists of quiet domestic scenes with day-to-day interaction between people who can no longer speak to each other without the strain of possibly setting off a spark of disagreement or resentment. As a result, the family members are virtually isolated from one another: anything said or done is wrong.

Becca Corbett (30-40)

Becca craves control. She can be obsessive and self-contained. She keeps her emotions on a tight rein without indicating this. She is feeling rage and despair but never shows it. She thinks she can deal with this tragedy like the removal of a Band-aid, quick and clean. But the wound beneath the Band-aid never stops hurting.

While Howie depends on reminders of Danny like the video he watches, Becca desires to remove every reminder of Danny from the house, giving away his clothes and the toys in his room to Good Will. If she had her way, they’d also give away their dog Taz, and they’d move away from the house in an attempt to escape completely from their past.

Becca, at least initially, has a very different personality than that of her sister, Izzy, who sometimes annoys her with her bubbliness and bad timing. (Izzy’s pregnancy is one of many things that wounds Becca’s heart.) Later in the play, however, Becca and Izzy almost switch personalities to some degree.

Becca is also easily annoyed by her mother, Nat. But there is a reserve of good will between them which is manifested in Becca’s asking Nat if the desolate feelings of loss ever go away.

She is a practical woman, who has long since been defined by her position as a wife and mother. In the wake of her son’s death, she seems to have shut down emotionally.

Howie Corbett (30-40)

Becca’s Husband. Howie, too, is devastated by the loss, but he is ready to move on with life. Still, Howie is seemingly unable to wrestle with the loss of Danny as well. Unlike Becca, he still loves their dog, despite the fact that the dog indirectly resulted in Danny’s death. He uses video of Danny as a crutch while Becca’s desire is to remove every reminder of Danny from the house. He is outraged when he discovers that Becca has accidentally (or purposefully) erased the video of Danny he so heavily relied on. In spite of (or because of) the hurt he is wrestling with, Howie goes out of his way to try and rekindle physical closeness in a family that’s reeling with pain.

Izzy (30-40)

Becca’s younger sister. Izzy is full of personality and a little rough around the edges. Izzy is a little too effervescent for Becca’s taste, always wanting to be the center of attention. (“Izzy” may have been chosen as her name because it rhymes with “dizzy.”) She is all slouch and irresponsibility. She finds herself in the middle of one family problem or another yet is imbued with vitality and attitude.

Nat (Nattie, Becca’s mother, 60-70)

Becca and Izzy’s Mother. Nat is a strong woman with a quirky exterior. She can be vulgar and overbearing. Her dialogue is often charming, askew, and off-center. But it’s not intended to be funny. She, too, has lost a son and understands that the pain changes, but never goes away. She is annoyingly garrulous yet aching for communication. Like all parents, she wants to shield her daughter from what she herself has suffered. She loves to laugh, especially at her own jokes and comments.

Jason (16-18)

A 17-year-old high school student who accidentally hit Becca and Howie’s son with his car. Not yet old enough to deal with his emotions, Jason is haunted by what happened, but his emotions aren’t especially accessible to him yet. His disarming story of parallel universes where existence continues in different forms, and which lends itself to the title of the play, offers Becca a way out of her emotional hole.

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