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Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Jonny Flood and John Hadden
Sponsored by The Brattleboro Retreat and Brattleboro Savings and Loan
Performances: October 9-18
Fridays, October 9 and 16 at 7pm, Saturdays, October 10 and 17 at2pm and 7pm, Sundays, October 11 and 18 at 2pm
Tickets: Adult $ 13, Student 10$, Senior 12$
As an artistic team (actors, directors, designers, builders, marketers, everybody that helps this show take flight), we will do our best to make the strangely artificial American world of Our Town feel like a place we know well, not so much in the day-to-day realities of our towns, but in the places we inhabit when we drift off to sleep, in the towns we live in when we dream.
In that world, normal things are magical and toy-like, and sometimes they are not all there at all, but only suggested by a color or a gesture, and sometimes they are unreliable. Sometimes a building turns into a cat; sometimes a chair is really a grave. The play's author, Thornton Wilder, looks at this town (Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, 1901-1913) as if from a great distance, as if from a different universe, but he loves the every-day qualities of it––the old New England accent, the train times, the way a great ball-player can become a very ordinary person, the way two young people can fall in love at a soda fountain in a moment that will alter the whole complexion of everything we know. And then end, without very much mention or fuss. The town has all kinds of characters, of all ages and responsibilities, who are well-suited to be played by young people, through whose eyes the adult world is very serious but not quite real. Come see this American classic through the fresh perspective of young New England actors!