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Early Bird Tickets for The Children's Hour must be ordered by January 6, 2014 and can be used for any performance through January 24 of The Children's Hour except Opening Night, Saturday, January 11.

Early bird tickets for Thursday performances are $15. Early bird tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday performances are $20. This represents a savings of $10 per ticket.

Please note that you can place multiple orders for early bird tickets, but tickets for each sale must all be used on the same night. In other words, you can purchase 2 for January 12 and 4 for January 19, but you must complete this form two times to do that.

Tickets may be picked up one hour prior to show time in the theater lobby. All seating is general admission.

Purchase your Early Bird Tickets here.

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The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
I am not sure if there is any play in the American canon as misunderstood as The Children's Hour. This stirring drama from 1934 is both very funny and intensely powerful. And amazingly relevant in our society today!

We are excited to offer Early Bird Discounts for the first 2 weeks of performances to Friends of Pride Films and Plays.  See details of this offer in the column to the left.

This classic story of love and lies by Lillian Hellman is directed by PFP Ensemble Member Derek Bertelsen*. When asked about producing this play now, Bertelsen said, "In an era when a simple phrase on social media can have immediate and sometimes tragic consequences, the danger of a rumor has never been more present. Pride Films and Plays is a champion of new LGBT scripts and screenplays, but as a company we have to know where we come from to move forward. The Children's Hour, to me, is the original 'gay play.'"


Written in 1934, The Children's Hour is based on a true story, and was originally banned in Chicago and not seen here until the 1950s.  


Karen and Martha are two school teachers who are on the verge of personal and professional success. Karen is engaged to be married to Joe, and the small boarding school she and Martha founded is on the verge of financial stability.   


However, when one student is disciplined, she makes a statement which is repeated endlessly, and everything changes.


Order full-priced tickets for all performances of The Children's Hour here


You don't want to miss this exciting new production of a fantastic American play that is as important today as it was when written 80 years ago!  


David Zak,

Executive Director 


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(l to r) Whitney Morse, Nelson A. Rodriguez*, and Britni Tozzi in
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman.

Whitney Morse as Martha and Britni Tozzi as Karen in The Children's Hour, directed by Derek Bertelsen*.

(l to r) Whitney Morse, Nora Lisa Ulrey, Nelson A. Rodriguez*
and Britni Tozzi in
The Children's Hour presented by Pride Films and Plays.
The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman, directed by Derek Bertelsen*


Britni Tozzi plays Karen Wright, and Whitney Morse is Martha Dobie. Nelson Rodriguez* is Dr. Joseph Cardin, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt* is Mrs. Lily Mortar, and Joan McGrath* is Mrs. Amelia Tilford. Others in the cast are Nathalie Mendez (Rosalie), Zoquera Milburn (Peggy), Brittany Bookbinder (Catherine), Tasheena Migayi (Evelyn), Katrina Kiss (Helen), Ashley Darger (Lois), Ella Mouria Seet (Agatha), Bryan Renaud (Grocery Boy) and Nora Lisa Ulrey as Mary Tilford.


The production features designs by Kassie Davis (set), Alberto Ruiz (lights), Chrystle Morman (costumes), and Patrick Bley (sound). Assistant Director is Kathryn Olsen.



:  Collaboraction (Pentagon Theater), 1579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 



Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10 at 7:30pmPress performance/opening: Saturday, January 11 at 7:30pm or Sunday, January 12 at 3:00pm



Regular run:

  Thursday through Sunday, January 9 through February 9, 2014 


Curtain Times:

  Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm 



: Previews $15. Opening $30. Regular Run: Thursdays $25; Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays $30. Students and seniors: $5 off all performances.   


Industry Tickets for professionals in film and theater:  $10 during previews.


Tickets are available at, in person one hour prior to show times (availability permitting) or by calling 1 800 838 3006.


*Denotes PFP Artistic Ensemble Member.    

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