Wrongdoing after wrongdoing will force audience members to question their ideas about morality and relationships tonight with Rogue Players’s production, “Beautiful Child.”
The play, which focuses on a dysfunctional couple dealing with their troubled middle-aged son, will premiere for one night only tonight at Chapel Hill Underground on East Rosemary Street.
When character Harry has an affair with a much younger mistress, his wife Nan is less than pleased. But things turn truly chaotic when their 30-year-old son, Isaac, comes back home to tell his parents that he has fallen in love — with his 8-year-old student.
Nicky Silver’s “Beautiful Child” marks the Rogue Players’s third production after last year’s “Titus Andronicus” and last semester’s “Pelleas et Melisande.”
Junior Kimberly Sikkel will make her directing debut with this production.
“The family’s concept of the world is entirely uprooted by their son coming home and telling them that he has fallen in love with his 8-year-old student,” Sikkel said.
“The play centers around them trying to understand why he doesn’t feel like he’s done anything wrong.”
Junior Madeline Hurley, the play’s producer, said the venue marked a transition for the Rogue Players, whose past backyard performances had become a staple of their shows.
“Once we figured out that the venue was a possibility, we were really excited that we could use something other than a backyard for the first time,” Hurley said.