Davidson College Theatre Department produces Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” this weekend, with five performances Wednesday to Sunday, Nov. 16-20, at the Barber Theatre in Cunningham Theater Center off North Main Street in Davidson.
“The Little Foxes” is directed by Davidson senior Kia Hunter. The classic melodrama is set in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. It tells the story of the Hubbard siblings, who are overwhelmed by greed, hatred and corruptin as they try to join forces with a Chicago capitalist to build a cotton mill. The tale pits family members against each other in a quest for wealth, power, and independence.
Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 seniors, faculty and staff; $4 for students. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
For tickets, call 704-894-2135 Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or order online at davidson.edu/tickets
See also a promotional video previewing the production, with rehearsal clips and interviews.
A FEMINIST TAKE
The director, Ms. Hunter, has focused on the feminist issues in the play. The play’s central character is Regina Giddens, a Hubbard sibling who must convince her ailing husband to take part in the business deal. Regina may come off as conniving and manipulative, but Hunter aims to highlight the male power struggles Regina is fighting against.
“It’s really easy to blame Regina more than her brothers, but considering the time period, Regina isn’t left with many options,” Ms. Hunter said. “She’s forced into a loveless marriage, oppressed by both her husband and her brothers. Modern audiences often make snap judgments about characters, and we’re definitely still susceptible to reverting back to stereotypes.”
Christine Noah, a Davidson sophomore, plays Regina, and aims to make her character more sympathetic. “Regina is a cold character who is the antagonist of the play, but there’s more to her than that,” she said. “She wants people to respect her. I’ve worked to make her more human, and I want to emphasize how she is forced to operate within oppressive power structures.”
Ms. Hunter says the staging will reflect the feminist focus of the play. Wooden beams that resemble a birdcage surround the Giddens’ living room, where much of the action takes place, and thus highlight the confinement that the female characters especially must endure.