Our Town by Thornton WIlder
August 3, 2015
I am so lucky that Carol Dunne (Artistic Director at Northern Stage) has hired me again to work at her theatre! This production is very special because it is their inaugural production in their brand new 240-seat theatre (Barrette Center of the Arts). I will be playing the role of SIMON STINSON. A few years ago I had the honor of being in a production of this timeless play at the Intiman Theatre, a Tony-Award winning regional theatre in Seattle, WA. The show was directed by Tony-Award winning director Bartlett Sher (director of THE KING AND I on Broadway), and starred Emmy-Award winning Tom Skerritt as the Stage Manager, and Tony-Award nominee Celia-Keenan Bolger as Emily.
What I love so much about this play is Wilder's principal message that people should appreciate the details and interactions of everyday life while we live them. He wrote this play during a crital time in our history. World War II was on the horizon when the play hit theatres in 1938. It was a time of tremendous international tension, and citizens across the globe suffered from fear and uncertainty. Our Town directed attention away from these negative aspects of life in the late 1930s and focused instead on the aspects of the human experience that make life precious.