"Subtle, engrossing... darkly humorous." – The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Exceptionally well-acted." – David Fox
Hazel and Robin, both retired nuclear physicists, live a quiet life in a cottage by the sea. Outside, the world is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nuclear meltdown. When an old colleague turns up after forty years with a shocking request, the three friends must reckon with their shared culpability in this darkly funny disaster drama, hailed as "astonishing and thrilling" (The New York Times) and "thoroughly gripping" (The Guardian).
Recommended for ages 13+ due to mature themes and profanity. Approximate run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.
Lively pre-performance discussions (and snacks!) provide a behind-the-scenes look into the play with Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale and company member Graham Smith (playing Robin in The Children). Add Scoop to your shopping cart for only $5 when purchasing The Children tickets.
January 22 & 29; February 5
To further expand access to our work, we offer select half-priced performances throughout the season. Your discount is automatically applied when purchasing tickets.
February 4 at 7:30pm
Dinner & A Show
Packages are available for prix-fixe dinners prior to select Wednesday-Sunday performances, beginning at $82 for non-peak performances - up to 15% off the single ticket price.
Includes brunch at The Bistro paired with tickets to weekend matinees. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500 to order.
Facilitated post-performance conversations with the cast after Thursday evening performances, excluding previews.
January 23 & 30; February 6
An LED screen near the stage displays dialogue in real-time, simultaneous with live speech and action. No other aspect of the performance is altered.
February 4 at 7:30pm
February 5 at 2 & 7:30pm
February 6 at 7:30pm
February 7 at 7:30pm
February 8 at 2 & 8pm
February 9 at 2pm
Our theatre is wheelchair accessible, and service dogs are welcome at all performances. Large-print programs, assistive listening devices, and sensory supports (fidgets, noise-canceling headphones) are always available to borrow from the Box Office. For more information, click here or call our Patron Experience team: 610.644.3500
"Skillfully interwoven personal and political threads."
"Featuring three superb veteran actors, The Children is subtle, engrossing, and sometimes darkly humorous."
"In the course of 90 minutes, simmering tensions will, of course, boil over... culminating in a dance performance and a moral challenge."
"[A] taut drama... now receiving a superb local premiere courtesy of People’s Light."
"Exceptionally well-acted... the easy rapport between the cast is undeniable. Yet individually, under Abigail Adams’ direction, they create stirring portraits of people in conflict, with each other and with themselves."
"Listen for what's left unsaid as much as said."