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Desert Foothills Theater to present The Children’s Hour


SCOTTSDALE – Desert Foothills Theater is presenting the classic play ‘The Children’s Hour,’ opening Friday, Feb. 19 and running through Sunday, Feb. 28. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Written by Lillian Hellman, this 1934 stage play drew controversy for including the then-taboo topic of homosexuality in its plot. The story begins with a troubled teen at an all-girls boarding school who decides she no longer wants to go to school. When her aunt does not indulge her request, she invents a rumor about the two headmistresses and bullies or blackmails some of the other girls to go along with the ruse. It is a web of deceit that ends in tragedy. Hellman based her hit play on an 1810 Scottish court case in which a pupil accused her school mistresses of having an affair in the presence of their pupils. The headmistresses sued and eventually won both in court, and on appeal, but given the damage done to their lives, their victory seemed hollow.

DFT’s production of The Children’s Hour will be directed by Janis Webb. Performances will be held in the Black Box theater at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, located at 33606 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale. Ticket prices range from $26 to $32.50 for adults and $16 to $21 for youth and students. Group sale discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

To purchase tickets, visit or call (480) 488-1981.