The Children's Hour

Oct 07, 2022 to Oct 15, 2022
Lillian Hellman
Directed by: 
Ann Kreitman
E.C. Mabie Theatre
Friday, October 7, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 8:00pm


Lillian Hellman upended American theatre in 1934 with her debut play The Children’s Hour. When an unruly student accuses schoolteachers Karen and Martha of a lesbian affair, they must navigate the truth among the lies as they fight to save their all-girls boarding school in rural Massachusetts. Breaking open The Children’s Hour, this production explores the classic play’s cultural impact and the tension between shame, survival, and how we imagine a queer future. 

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.


Cast of The Children's Hour
Role Name
Martha Dobie Allison Sass*
Karen Wright Olivia Foster
Lily Mortar Katie Gucik
Joseph Cardin Aaron Castle
Mary Tilford Sophia Kilburg*
Evelyn Jennifer Hogan*
Peggy Jessie Shaw*
Mrs. Tilford/Janet Emily Parr*
Rosalie Virginia Wangechi Muturi*
Catherine Ellie Turk*
Leslie/Grocery Boy Delaney Waterman*
Agatha/Helen Alysun Shamburg*
Lois Margaret Schafer*

Creative Team

The Children's Hour creative team
Title Name
Director Ann Kreitman
Stage Manager Hallie Patterson
Assistant Stage Manager Meenakshi Chinmai 
Scenic Designer Bethany Kasperek
Lighting Designer Victor Maldonado
Costume Designer Loyce Arthur
Assistant Costume Designer Abby Garraty
Audio Designer Sam Nie*
Media Designer Emily Berkheimer
Dramaturg Rebecca Weaver
Fight Choreographer Aaron Castle
Intimacy Choreographer Owen Brightman

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office website or by calling 319-335-1160. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at the Theatre Building one hour prior to the performance, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319-335-1158.