Kerry O'Malley Stars in Boston Reading of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour | Playbill

News Kerry O'Malley Stars in Boston Reading of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour
Kerry O'Malley will star as accused teacher Martha Dobie in a reading of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour at The Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Jan. 24.

Continuing the second annual "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" play reading series, O'Malley will be joined by Julie Jirousek, Eliza Rose Fichter and Trey Burvant. Steve Maler directs.

Based on an actual event in 1809 whereby a malicious child accused her women teachers of having "an inordinate affection," Hellman's Children's Hour is set in the living rooms of the private school for young girls and that of the accusing child's mother. The work opened on Broadway in 1934 and ran for 691 performances. It was revived in 1952 then adapted by the scribe for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine.

O’Malley’s played the Baker's Wife in the recent Broadway revival of Into the Woods. Her other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Cyrano, Translations, and Promises, Promises. Off-Broadway she appeared in How I Learned to Drive, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Bright Lights, Big City. She is next slated to star opposite Eric Stoltz in the forthcoming Off-Broadway staging of Lindbergh drama Flight.

The "American Voices" series, which "showcases classic American works," launched this season with a reading of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker starring Charles Busch as Dolly Levi.

Last year featured Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Denis O'Hare (Assassins, Take Me Out), August Wilson's Fences with Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues), David Mamet's American Buffalo and Sam Shepard's True West read by Paul Rudd (The Shape of Things). Upcoming works scheduled to be read as part of the series include Charles Fuller's A Soldier’s Play (March 7), Arthur Miller's All My Sons (May 16). All performances will take place at 7 PM and will be followed by a short question and answer session.

Tickets for the "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" series are available at The Shubert Theatre Box Office, 265 Tremont Street in Boston, MA or by calling (800) 447-7400. For more information, visit

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