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Our Town  - Full Length Play, Drama

Our Town

Thornton Wilder

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Full Length Play, Drama

17m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573701504



Winner! 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
"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
$9.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

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

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.


REVIEWS:

"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


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER:

OUR TOWN’s Timeless Qualities: 75 Years in the Making
by Tara Kennedy
January 23, 2012


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.
Characters

CASTING

17m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

STAGE MANAGER
DR. GIBBS
JOE CROWELL
HOWIE NEWSOME
MRS. GIBBS
MRS. WEBB
GEORGE GIBBS
REBECCA GIBBS
WALLY WEBB
EMILY WEBB
PROFESSOR WILLARD
MR. WEBB
WOMAN IN THE BALCONY
MAN IN THE AUDITORIUM
LADY IN THE BOX
SIMON STIMSON
MRS. SOAMES
CONSTABLE WARREN
SI CROWELL
THREE BASEBALL PLAYERS
SAM CRAIG
JOE STODDARD
PEOPLE OF THE TOWN
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • In Our Living and Our Dying: Our Town in the 21st Century

  • Tappan Wilder on the Legacy of Our Town

  • The New Edition of Our Town

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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Reviews
Tim Marquette 8/3/2016 5:53 PM
Our Town is a classic that all theatre students should read and study, whether it is publicly performed or not. A must-have for every theatre program!
Jessica Horn 3/17/2016 7:16 AM
Craig Fisher 12/11/2015 12:11 PM
I believe that Our Town has gotten a reputation as "the High School play".  I swear that just about every high school mounts a production just about once a decade.  There are a number of reasons for this, including the minimal staging requirements and the simple and straightforward language.

But don't be fooled.  This play is deep enough, emotional enough, fun enough that it needs an age appropriate cast.  That is, the age of the actors should closely mirror the age of the characters they portray.  

Take, for example, the wedding scene when Mrs Webb walks on stage and turns and addresses the audience, explaining how emotionally wrenching it is to see her daughter to get married.  While there are certainly teenagers who can do a decent job of this soliloquy, this speech really deserves a middle-aged woman with daughters of her own, or at least someone who can reach into herself and pull out her own experiences and emotions.  

Our Town displays the panoply of human experience.  The best actors to portray this scope, these events, are those actors who have a broad experience in life.  I'm not saying that high schools shouldn't mount a production.  I am only urging all-ages troupes to take the challenge and mount their own production -- to portray Our Town as it was meant to be portrayed.

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