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Our Town

Part of the compact we make when we go to the theatre is to shut out the outside world and completely immerse ourselves in the world displayed before us by artists, by actors. We can’t shut out our own thoughts of course, our memories and associations, but our gaze is directed, what we see...
Image of Penelope Niven (right) and her new biography about Thornton Wilder. Used courtesy of Harper Collins, Louis Kapeleris Hark! The clock is ticking. Ford Theatre's 75th anniversary production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town , wraps in four days on February 24. Let’s turn to biographer...
February 4, 2013 The cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of Our Town , directed by Stephen Rayne. Photo by T. Charles Erickson On January 22, 1938, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town premiered at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. Seventy-five years later, the play remains one of the most...
The cover of Thornton Wilder: A Life . Image used courtesy of HarperCollins This week, Penelope Niven’s new biography of Thornton Wilder hit the shelves, the first biography of the author and playwright to be published since 1983. Drawing on Wilder’s letters, journals, manuscripts, and personal...
As part of the Big Read, Dr. Zipf leads a walking tour, which began outside St. Mary’s Church. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County No one understands the power of place better than the Preservation Society of Newport County . The not-for-profit is charged with maintaining...
Washington, DC Produced by Josephine Reed. Posted by Adam Kampe. Playwright Edward Albee. Thornton Wilder?s novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey , is a Big Read selection. But we also wanted to explore Wilder?s influence as a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Who better to discuss this with than...
Woodstock, Georgia Erin McCarthy as Emily Webb and her real dad, Mark McCarthy, as Mr. Webb rehearse a scene from Our Town with the Elm Street Players. Photo courtesy of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village When organizations choose to read Thornton Wilder?s The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town for...
Monroe, Michigan The Foundation at Monroe County Community College has been immersed in The Big Read since its kick-off on March 26 with the production of Our Town. At the kick-off, more than 200 copies of The Bridge of San Luis Rey were distributed to community members with an additional 300...