The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow
January 16th – February 2nd
at The Alvina Krause Theatre

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is proud to present their third show of their 42nd Season, The Children by Lucy Kirkwood. The three-person play stars Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, and Laurie McCants (in her final mainstage role before she retires from BTE).

The Children tells the story of Hazel and Robin (Dowd and Goode), retired nuclear scientists, living a life of relative seclusion in the wake of a recent nuclear meltdown. Out of the blue, their old co-worker and friend Rose (McCants) shows up in their kitchen, and brings with her some shocking memories and tough questions. Old secrets are revealed, dormant rivalries flare up, and sparks fly in this darkly funny drama that examines what kind of world we hope to leave for our children.

Lucy Kirkwood’s Tony-nominated play was a hit in London before moving to Broadway, Melbourne, and Chicago. The Guardian’s Helen Meany calls The Children “a taut tale of human and atomic meltdown.”  

The Children plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM, and Sundays at 3:00PM at The Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg. January 16th, 17th, and 18th are “Pay What You Decide” performances; entry is free, but you decide what your ticket was worth at the end of the show. 

Following the performance on Sunday, January 26th at 5:00PM, BTE will host a “Conversation With Laurie McCants,” during which Ensemble guests and audience members can ask Laurie about her 42 year career with BTE as well as her countless travels and eclectic theatrical endeavors.

Tickets are available at or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181. The Children is also included with a  BTE monthly subscription.

Rated MA for Mature Themes, Adult Humor, and Explosive Drama

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