Overview


Synopsis

A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes -- from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.


Characters

Either Gender

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1938
Genres
Drama
Time & Place
grover’s corners, new hampshire, 1901 - 1913
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
Ideal For
high school, community theatre, ensemble cast, young characters, old characters
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, child, early teen characters

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