Completed by the author less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, satire, and elements of the comic strip, Thornton Wilder depicts an Everyman Family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from the Ice Age to flood to war.
- WINNER! 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
"...extraordinarily good...one of the finest American plays of the 20th century, a modern classic that ought to be seen as often as Our Town. - Wall Street Journal, Read More
"Wonderfully wise...A tremendously exciting and profound stage fable. - Herald Tribune
"For an American dramatist, all roads lead back to Thornton Wilder...THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH was a remarkable gift to an America entrenched in catastrophe, a tribute to the trait of human endurance."
- Paula Vogel, Foreword, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
- Gun Shots
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Ancient
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Act I - Home, Excelsior, New Jersey
Act II - Atlantic City Boardwalk
Act III - Home, Excelsior, New Jersey
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
MISS E. MUSE
MISS T. MUSE
MISS M. MUSE
GIRL (DRUM MAJORETTE) (2)
CHARI PUSHER (2)
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Also many small male and female roles available.
The Skin of Our Teeth premiered on Broadway on November 18, 1942 with Tallulah Bankhead (Sabina), Fredric March (Mr. Antrobus) and Florence Eldridge (Mrs. Antrobus), directed by Ellian Kazan.