The 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole is premiering Friday at the Main Street Players Community Theater of Miami Lakes.
The play tells the story of a father and mother who deal with the pain of losing their child after a terrible accident.
Re-creating Rabbit Hole has required a team effort.
“My motivation was simple,” said John Olivera, 54, director of the play. “A play like this, which connects with audiences everywhere, was hard to pass up.”
Olivera, who was born in Cuba and raised in New Jersey, is now directing his 12th play.
Miami is where he began directing and became familiar with theater production.
The opportunity to direct this play came about three months ago when he teamed up with Liz Dikinson, 27, producer of Rabbit Hole.
After obtaining the license to perform the play, the project was a go.
“The main challenge in producing this project is coordinating all of the different moving parts,” Dikinson said. “Unless you’re involved in theater, television or film, you won’t know how much truly goes into putting any sort of production on.”
Olivera and Dikinson agree that casting the right people is key to a quality play.
“Casting is the most important part of production,” Olivera said. “It is a pleasure to work with this cast, who put so much into it and brought the talent to match.”
The main actors were carefully selected based on their experience in acting and theater performance.
Jennipher Murphy, 36, has been acting for almost 15 years. She will play the mother of the deceased child.
“It’s a wonderfully written play,” Murphy said. “The struggle to balance one’s grief with the need to move on, the ways in which we can hurt others while dwelling on our own pain and the different means of resolution that each individual finds makes it an amazing story.”
Murphy will perform alongside Alvaro Becerra, 32, who will play the child’s father.
Becerra began acting in high school but stopped for many years while he pursued a career in information technology. He resumed his acting career a year ago.
“The play is based on a story anyone can relate to,” Becerra said. “Its true representation of life, grief, humor, family, loss and love comes so naturally that one forgets one is at a show.”
The cast and production staff has been working nearly every day preparing for the premiere.
“The show is really coming together,” said Andres Hernandez, 25, assistant director of the play. “We’re rehearsing up to six nights a week with opening night right around the corner. The cast has been wonderful to work with.”
With the premiere nearing, people who have attended shows at the nonprofit theater are looking forward to the play.
David Sadat, 27, has watched multiple plays at Main Street Players and will be in attendance for the premiere of Rabbit Hole.
“For one, I think they’re a great nonprofit venue, and they create quality work,” Sadat said. “I’m familiar with the story of Rabbit Hole and am excited to see how this staff brings it to life.”
Supporters throughout the community like Sadat have served as motivation for Dikinson, Olivera and the rest of the production staff to create a play that people will appreciate.
“It may sound cliché, but the benefit is seeing the work go up,” Dikinson said. “For anyone who works in theater, there is no challenge or sacrifice greater than the satisfaction of seeing a great piece come to life. It’s a kind of food for the soul that you absolutely can’t find with anything else.”