By John Dalton-White
WICHITA - WSR Signature Theatre opens its 2017-18 theatre season with the 1939 American classic drama, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman. Historically, the title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the book of Song of Solomon in the Bible, which reads, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
Performances will be Sept. 15-16 at 8pm and Sept. 17 at 7pm in the historic Wichita Scottish Rite Center Theatre, 332 E. 1st St.
The enduring popularity of Hellman’s The Little Foxes offers proof positive that themes of greed, racism, and misogyny continue to resonate with contemporary audiences. It's set in a small Alabama town at the turn of the 20th Century, as the South struggled to modernize its economy.
“This is a somewhat forgotten, great American play with a recent revival on Broadway,” Director Phil Speary said, “It hasn’t been done here in Wichita since the 1990’s. Audience members will remember the great Bette Davis’ film version.”
Leading the cast is Wichita favorite, Dr. Charles Parker playing the role of Oscar Hubbard. Parker is recently retired from Friends University, where he served 28 years as Director of Theatre & Speech.
“This is a modern classic that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s my chance to play a bad guy again. It’s been a long, long time since I was cast as the bad guy,” chuckled Parker.
Other cast members include Julie Williams as Regina Giddens; Mark Anderson as Horace Giddens; Sydney Alder as Alexandra Giddens; Dan Campbell as Ben Hubbard; Angie Hatton as Birdie Hubbard. Ciara Hansel serves at stage manager.
Tickets are $18, $14 and $10 with student, military and senior discounts and are available at the door or by calling 316-648-9043. l