Columbia Entertainment Company produces Pulitzer-Prize-winning play

Friday, November 6, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia Entertainment Company opened the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rabbit Hole" Thursday night as the second show of its 2009-2010 season.

David Lindsay-Abaire's 2007  prize-winning drama is the story of a couple coping with the accidental death of their 4-year-old son after he was hit by a teenage driver.

If You Go

What: "Rabbit Hole"

When: Through Sunday, Nov. 8 and Nov. 12-15

Where: Columbia Entertainment Company, 1800 Nelwood Drive

Tickets: $7 to $12

Information: Call 573-474-3699 for reservations or visit

The 2006 Broadway production starred John Slattery and Cynthia Nixon. Nixon won the Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a play.

"I think it's remarkably well written, and I think that (Abaire) reaches a lot of people with it, through the humor, through the loss, through the anger — the anguish of death and dealing with all of that," director Richard Hinschberger said.

The company is a nonprofit group that depends on donations and sponsors to to produce professional-quality shows, Hinschberger said.

Hinschberger has directed three plays for CEC, including "Rabbit Hole," but prefers to act. He played Albin in the February production of "La Cage aux Folles".

CEC secretary Jim Boomershine said Hinschberger is involved in several capacities at the theater, not just directing.

"Richard is a mainstay of our operation," Boomershine said. "We're lucky to have someone like him connected with the company."

Boomershine directed "My Fair Lady" last spring, and Hinschberger worked on the set.

"He's one that you can count on to dress the sets for shows," Boomershine said. "It was Richard who came in after the ("My Fair Lady") set was built and painted and he just brought all sorts of neat stuff to decorate the set."

Boomershine read the script for "Rabbit Hole" before auditions began and said he found it powerful.

"It certainly fit the parameters of what we want to do at CEC and I was excited at the prospects," he said.

Boomershine said CEC was hoping for a good turnout although "Rabbit Hole" isn't as recognizable to audiences as other shows such as "RENT," the next show to be produced.

"It's a terribly moving production," he said.

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