A Hole in the Dark

A Hole in the Dark
by Hilly Hicks, Jr.

Productions (4)
  • Comedy
  • 90 - 120 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A suburban residence in the late 1990s, and a Southern plantation in the mid-1800s

A Hole in the Dark
by Hilly Hicks, Jr.

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Productions (4)
  • Comedy
  • 90 - 120 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A suburban residence in the late 1990s, and a Southern plantation in the mid-1800s

As the Rosehues, a white 20th-century family, anxiously prepare to have their black neighbors, whom they have just sued, over for lunch, the Rosehues' itinerant son returns home with the news that their ancestors once owned slaves. The shock of the revelation sends the Rosehues' naive daughter on a time-bending journey back to the plantation of her randy forefather, Nigel O'Neill. There it becomes evident that the Rosehues are descended not only from the plantation owners, but also from the slaves.

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Play Details

As the Rosehues, a white 20th-century family, anxiously prepare to have their black neighbors, whom they have just sued, over for lunch, the Rosehues' itinerant son returns home with the news that their ancestors once owned slaves. The shock of the revelation sends the Rosehues' naive daughter on a time-bending journey back to the plantation of her randy forefather, Nigel O'Neill. There it becomes evident that the Rosehues are descended not only from the plantation owners, but also from the slaves.

  • Comedy
  • 90 - 120 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A suburban residence in the late 1990s, and a Southern plantation in the mid-1800s

Published Reviews

"Rich in scope and talent, this fast paced [play] is at once gutsy and hilarious... An evening of theater that's loaded with razor-sharp humor, plenty of heartbreak and a forceful reminder that the truth can set you free."

Julia Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A topsy-turvy treatment of character and history and racial complications worthy of William Faulkner."

Curt Holman, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Warning: Laughter might have subversive side effects. Chortling, snickering or guffawing could lead to reflection that might result in insight or understanding. Side effects could include an unexpected loss of complacency or pretension... It sneaks up on you, disarms you with laughter, then smacks you in the back of the head with its intended message -- that forgetting is the worst crime of all."

Alice T. Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"The essence of what imaginative theatrical magic is all about... Often brilliant, occasionally giggly-silly, sometimes campy parodic. But the subject is that serious American obsession, race."

Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Like a hand grenade painted deceptively harmless colors, Hilly Hicks Jr.'s A Hole in the Dark comes rolling into the midst of a national conversation about the legacy of slavery. Hicks' scathing satire explodes preconceptions about white guilt and responsibility. The young African-American playwright takes a slightly screwy, white, suburban family and sinks them into a story that's purely the stuff of William Faulkner, while being unexpectedly and outrageously funny all the way through."

Curt Holman, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"A Hole in the Dark tackles touchy issues of black-white race relations, identity politics and entitlement as well as emotions of guilt, resentment and superiority -- all with outrageous humor and a surreal setting."

Alice T. Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Hicks' script probes the farcical nature of [the characters'] links, frequently inspiring belly-laughs... A Hole in the Dark ranges from slapstick to devastating as the comic tragedy re-argues often-argued historical traumas."

David Sallinger, Daily News (McKeesport, PA)

Production History

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MAY 28, 2006 - JUN 11, 2006
The Blank Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Blank Theatre Company Los Angeles, CA United States
APR 19, 2006 - MAY 28, 2006
The Blank Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Blank Theatre Company Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 2001 - DEC 31, 2001
City Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA United States
City Theatre Pittsburgh, PA United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Horizon Theatre Company
Atlanta, GA United States
Horizon Theatre Company Atlanta, GA United States
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JAN 01, 2001 - DEC 31, 2001
City Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA United States
City Theatre Pittsburgh, PA United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Horizon Theatre Company
Atlanta, GA United States
Horizon Theatre Company Atlanta, GA United States