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the children

Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by robin tynes-miller

Ten Performances:

March 11-13, 17-20, 24-26

Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Arts Factory at West End Studios

1545 W. Trade St

Charlotte, NC 28216

Tickets available now through BookTix

Advance Purchase Online: $25 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Night of Show at the Door: $30 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Students and Educators: $10 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Discounted pricing available for groups of 10 or more, contact us at to learn more

Health and Safety Requirements:

Proof of vaccination is required for all audiences members. Masks will be required in the theatre at all times. Masks will be required in all other indoor areas unless eating or drinking. 

Read our full policy here.

This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+

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50 Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century

NOMINEE- 2018 Tony Awards Best Play

NOMINEE- 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding New Play

Hazel and Robin, both retired nuclear physicists, live a quiet life in a cottage by the sea. Outside, the world is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nuclear meltdown. When an old colleague turns up after forty years with a shocking request, the three friends must reckon with their shared culpability in this darkly funny disaster drama.

This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+

What People Are Saying
The Independent (London)
“…a richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work…Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.."
New York Times
"...completely successful as an eco-thriller, bristling with chills and suspense...the play is as disturbing to replay in your imagination as it is to see in the first place...”
Time Out London

"THE CHILDREN is tantalisingly hard to define: it is about aging and responsibility…it rather penetratingly asks what [boomers] owe younger generations, exactly."

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Meet the Artists

Mitzi Corrigan
Mitzi Corrigan


Mitzi has been a Casting Director for over 25 years and is owner of Corrigan & Johnston Casting. She also established the non-profit organization, The Paige Johnston Thomas Giving Tree in honor of Paige who passed away in April 2020. The mission of this organization is to keep Paige's love of the arts alive by providing avenues for talented young people to pursue an education in the arts ( Although much of her professional career has been in film, Mitzi's love for the arts is strongly rooted in her love of the theater. She was a founding member of the Charlotte Shakespeare Company and has acted in, directed, and stage managed numerous productions both in Charlotte and New York City where she studied under Uta Hagen at HB Studios. She also worked as stage manager with Herbert Bergoff with the New Playwrights Foundation in NYC. Some of her more recent roles include Penny in You Can't Take It With You (Belmont Abbey), Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park (Actors Theatre) and Mrs Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Theatre Charlotte). Mitzi is honored to have this opportunity to work with the good and talented people of Three Bone Theatre and devotes her performance to Paige who beautifully directed Oslo, her last play here.

Michael Harris
Michael Harris


Michael is thrilled to perform in his third production with Three Bone Theatre. Michael was previously in Oslo and The Seminar. Michael is an award winning actor and director and has been performing in Charlotte since 2001. Some of Michael’s favorite roles include, Leonard (The Seminar), The Tiger (Bengal tiger at the Baghdad zoo), Edward (Someone who’ll watch over me), Terrence (Omnium Gatherum) and The Man (Constellations) to mention a few. Michael’s favorite shows as a director include The Elephant Man, Frost / Nixon and A Steady Rain. Apart from Three Bone Theatre, Michael has primarily performed with Moving Poets, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Queens City Theatre, The Warehouse PAC and Theatre Charlotte. Michael is honored to be working with the talented Mitzi Corrigan and Lillie Oden.

Lillie Ann Oden
Lillie Ann Oden


Lillie Ann Oden is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has been performing as an actress, storyteller and voice over talent for more than twenty years. Her performances at Three Bone include The Vagina Monologues and By the Water. Some of her other credits include Purlie Victorious, For Colored Girls…. The Odd Couple, The Delany Sisters, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Fences (Rose) where she was nominated for best actor in a lead role. She has also appeared in training films and commercials for Harris Teeter, Lowes Home and Garden, Greyhound Bus and Ohio Lottery. Her current film, Discarded Things is playing on Amazon Prime and Pure Flix. Blessed to be on this journey. Thanks to all for your support.

Robin Tynes-Miller
Robin Tynes-Miller


Robin Tynes-Miller co-founded Three Bone Theatre in Charlotte in 2012. She has served as its Founding Artistic Director over the last nine years, recently stepping into the Artistic and Operations Director role. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, she attended Catawba College and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance before moving to Charlotte. In Charlotte, she has spent her career working with local theatre organizations as a teaching artist, and marketing and ticketing professional. She is also a local actor and director. Favorite directing credits include THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (2013), THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE (2016), and EVERY BRILLIANT THING (2018). An avid student of and advocate for racial justice, she believes that while the industry has a long way to go, anti-racism and anti-oppression work is the only way forward. She currently lives in Charlotte with her husband, their baby, and a plethora of pets.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen

Stage Manager

Rob is excited to reunite with Three Bone for his first Stage Manager gig! Rob graduated from Greensboro College in 2013 with a BA in Theatre. His past projects with Three Bone include Love/Sick (Actor) and The Actress (Stage Hand).

Lucy Kirkwood
Lucy Kirkwood


Lucy Kirkwood is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. In 2009, Lucy’s play IT FELT EMPTY WHEN THE HEART WENT AT FIRST BUT IT IS ALRIGHT NOW was produced by Clean Break Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre. The play was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barratt. CHIMERICA premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Recent work includes MOSQUITOES (presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club), which opened at the National Theatre, London, in summer 2017; and THE CHILDREN, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. THE CHILDREN opened on Broadway in December 2017. Lucy also writes for screen: She has written for "Skins" (Company Pictures); created and wrote "The Smoke" (Kudos/Sky 1); wrote and directed the short film "The Briny"; and is developing projects with Raw TV, Cowboy Films, Clio Barnard, and Lenny Abrahamson. Her new six-part season "Adult Material" (Tiger Aspect Productions) and the mini-series of her play CHIMERICA (Playground Productions) have both recently been greenlit.

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Community Partner

CleanAIRE NC advocates for the health of all North Carolinians by pursuing equitable and collaborative solutions to climate change and air pollution. The Historic West End Green District is an initiative between community leaders and CleanAIRE NC to improve air quality, reduce carbon pollution, and improve health in the Historic West End neighborhoods.

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