The Possum Point Players will stage the family drama "The Little Foxes" at their Georgetown theatre in the first and second weeks of June.
The cast of Possum Point Players’ upcoming production of “The Little Foxes” are ready to show their dysfunctional side. This theatre classic by Lillian Hellman demonstrates both a dysfunctional family and the love that can coexist.
Sitting as if one were a fly on the wall in a rehearsal, it’s easy to see that the cast is good-natured and they all get along, off-stage. That’s not so easy to see in some scenes of the play.
“Basically the Hub-bards don’t like anybody,” Don Megee of Georgetown, said. Megee, who plays Horace, husband of Regina Hubbard. “Comp-ared to them, Horace is like a saint.”
The consensus is that there are five characters who have positive relationships with each other: Horace and Birdie who married Hubbards, Hor-ace’s daughter Alexandra and Horace’s two servants, Addie and Cal, played by Beverly Smith, of Seaford, and Claudius Bowden, of Georgetown.
The Hubbards are fighting with each other, sneaking around, and motivated by greed. “I don’t think the Hubbards have any love in them at all,” said Cat Baker, of Georgetown, who plays Birdie. “I mean, Regina is ready to use her daughter and even sacrifice her for the sake of the money. And then this family [Birdie] married into turned [her] into a drunk.”
Lezlie Eustis, of Milford, who plays Alexandra, agrees, “All the characters who are Hubbards by name are the vicious ones,” she said. “The two brothers wanted to get rich so one of them married into it. Regina their sister, who in that era had no power, controls her husband. And then you have Leo, Oscar’s son, who is being groomed into that same mold.”
The play, set at the turn of the 20th century, is a metaphor for all time. There are always people trying to take advantage of others, and Hellman’s award-winning writing depicts clear characters. Some have clear character flaws, some are less flawed, but underpowered. They are as simple and complex as people are today, only the time is different.
This is a particularly good show for fans of literature, or literature and drama students. At the opening night reception, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the cast over coffee. This is something new that the theatre is trying in 2008. All those coming to the opening night show are invited to stay after.
Performances of The Little Foxes are at 8 p.m. June 6, 7, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on June 8 and 15. Tickets are now available for $16 ($15 for Seniors or students) by calling the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560. Directions to Possum Hall are also available at the ticketline.
Possum Point Players is sponsored in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.