Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - The entire play takes place in Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, beginning in May of 1901.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Monologues, Scene work
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
Adolescence, Aging, Childhood, Christianity, Death, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion
Appropriate for all audiences
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
Winner! 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
In an important publishing event, Samuel French, in cooperation with the Thornton Wilder estate is pleased to release the playwright's definitive version of Our Town. This edition of the play differs only slightly from previous acting editions, yet it presents Our Town as Thornton Wilder wished it to be performed. Described by Edward Albee as "...the greatest American play ever written," the story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. Thornton Wilder's final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.
"While all of Wilder's work is intelligent, non-synthetic and often moving, as well as funny, it is Our Town that makes the difference. It is probably the finest play ever written by an American." —Edward Albee
"Thornton Wilder's masterpiece...An immortal tale of small town morality [and]...a classic of soft spoken theater." — The New York Times
"Beautiful and remarkable one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre...A spiritual experience." —The New York Post
"No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves."- The New York Daily News
"No play ever moved me so deeply." —Alexander Woolcott, The New Yorker
Our Town was first presented in New York City at Henry Miller's Theatre on February 4, 1938. It was produced and directed by Jed Harris.