Our Town by Thornton Wilder – Fall 2014
Our Town was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey on January 22, 1938 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is a 1938 three-act play by Thornton Wilder. Although set in the fictional American each coast town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, it could just as easily have been set in the west coast town of Newberg OR. Our Town tells the story of a town’s citizens in the early twentieth century through the activities in their everyday lives. Joe Crowell, delivers the paper to Doc Gibbs, Howie Newsome delivers the milk, and the Webb and Gibbs households send their children off to school. The audience meets everyone in this town — the choir director, the undertaker, the high school baseball players, Joe Stoddard, and a young man Sam Craig. All of these characters and details are brought to life by actors and the narration of the Stage Manager, who shares the town’s history (1901 – 1913). To make it complete there is a love story between childhood sweethearts and all the drama of life and death…everything that one would expect to happen in Our Town.