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The Children
January 15 February 9
The Children
January 15 February 9
January 15-February 9, 2020
By Lucy Kirkwood Directed by Abigail Adams Steinbright Stage
A 2018 Tony Award Nominee
"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.

Cast and Creative Team
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Dialect Coach
Stage Manager
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Playwright Lucy Kirkwood on "The Children"
Read about what inspired her to write this critically acclaimed dark comedy.
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Resources on Climate Change
If this disaster drama inspires you to learn more about the ins and outs of climate change, here are some resources to get you started.
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Scoop Guest: Graham Smith
Add Scoop to your tickets and join Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale for a behind-the-scenes look into the world of the play with cast member Graham...
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Enhance Your Experience
Scoop on Wednesdays

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

50% off Access Night

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

The Farmhouse Bistro

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.

Brunch Packages

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

Open Caption

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

More Accessibility

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

What's the Buzz?
"Featuring three superb veteran actors, The Children is subtle, engrossing, and sometimes darkly humorous."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "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."

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "[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."

    Reclining Standards