75th Anniversary Production
by Thornton Wilder
directed by Stephen Rayne
January 25-February 24, 2013
“Dazzling! The stark visual eloquence of Ford’s Theatre’s revival of Our Town informs Thornton Wilder’s portrait of the ordinary joys and sorrows of fictional Grover’s Corners, NH. Director Stephen Rayne reimagines the Gibbses and Webbs as interracial families, which reminds you that Our Town is about humankind, and not any one kind of human. Of all of Our Town’s concerns, the awareness of the brevity of life looms as its most poignant.” –The Washington Post. Read more reviews.
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence.
Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, marry—and suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the interconnectivity of human beings.
In celebration of the play's 75th-anniversary year, Stephen Rayne (The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Sabrina Fair and Parade) returns to direct a diverse cast, creating an Our Town for our time.
“Our Town is a play which transcends differences in culture, class and race, and speaks to the great themes common to all great art: love, death and marriage,” Rayne said. “From its first production in 1938, the play struck a powerful chord with the American psyche, and it is as fresh and relevant today as it was then. I am hoping to bring a fresh perspective to this great classic and present a production that Ford's and Mr. Wilder will be proud of.”
Recommended for ages 12 and up; play contains complex language and themes. Dates and actors subject to change.
Performance is 2 hours and 30 minutes (including two 12-minute intermissions).
Our Town 75th Anniversary Special Events
In honor of the 75th anniversary, Ford’s Theatre will present a series of events:
Our Town 75th Anniversary Celebration
February 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. – FREE!
Ford’s Theatre celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Broadway opening for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The Thornton Wilder Society’s Thornton Wilder Prize will be awarded on stage at the event. Please note: This event does NOT include a performance of Our Town. Tickets are free but required.
Reading: Wilder’s Classic One Acts
Monday, February 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. – FREE!
Ford’s Theatre presents an evening of classic one-acts by Thornton Wilder, read by students from American, Georgetown and Howard universities. The evening includes The Long Christmas Dinner, Pullman Car Hiawatha and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. Tickets are free but required.
Our Town Pre-Performance Seminar
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a pre-performance seminar with Tappan Wilder, the playwright's nephew and literary executor, in a dialogue with Penelope Niven, author of a major new Wilder biography. A copy of Niven’s newly released biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life, and a light dinner are included in the price of admittance. Tickets are on-sale to members and groups now for $40. Tickets go on sale to the public on January 6, 2013, for $45. Tickets to Our Town sold separately.
Lead Sponsor: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Production Sponsor: Qualcomm; American Express
Media Partner: WAMU-FM
Please note: The January 30 performance at 7:30 p.m. is a private performance.
Photo of Craig Wallace, Kimberly Schraf, Nickolas Vaughan, Alyssa Gagarin, Portia, Jenn Walker and James Konicek by Scott Suchman.
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