Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Sep 26 – Oct 22, 2017
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Co-Produced with Deaf West Theatre
Wilder’s journal notes for 1935 include ideas for ten plays, among them “M Marries N” (an early working title for Our Town). He began to work in earnest on the play in 1936 after resigning from his post as a part-time visiting lecturer in Classics and Writing at the University of Chicago.
After short try-outs in Princeton and Boston, the play opened on Broadway on February 4, 1938 to mostly favorable reviews, with Wilder playing the role of the Stage Manager for two weeks of the play’s run in September. Our Town garnered Wilder a second Pulitzer Prize and the play became a classic not only in American theatre, but in classrooms across the country.
Thornton Wilder, Our Town: A Play in Three Acts, acting edition was published in 1939 by New York, Coward-McCann, Inc., in cooperation with S. French, Inc.
View manuscript corrections of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. (Thornton Wilder Papers at Beinecke Library, Yale University ) .
The play was produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1939 by Dir. Frank Ferguson
and in 1957 by Dir. Barney Brown.
Meet the cast of current production of Our Town.
On October 8, 2017, Amos Tappan Wilder, a nephew of T. Wilder, has visited the Pasadena Playhouse and attended the performance. During Playhouse Talk on October 9th, he offered an intimate look into the life of the playwright and discussed his role as Literary Executor of the Thornton Wilder Estate. The talk was moderated by KPCC’s John Horn.
Images courtesy of the Pasadena Playhouse Archives.
Reviews and Interviews
Broadway World Review (Oct. 3, 2017): Time Passes and Life Goes On in Deaf West Theatre's 'Our Town' at Pasadena Playhouse
Los Angeles Times Review (Oct. 3, 2017): Deaf West and Pasadena Playhouse populate 'Our Town' with fresh faces . By Charles McNulty.
Broadway World Interview (Oct. 5, 2017): Jane Kaczmarek Stage Managing Her Future With Open & Always Entertaining Communications.
Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Make “Our Town” New Again. By Frances Baum Nicholson (The Stage Struck Review).
New York Times (Oct. 13, 2017): An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair: Behind the Poster. By Erik Piepenburg . Interview with Paula Sher.
Los Angeles Theatre playgoers reviews.
Our Town Reviewed by Dana Martin (Stage Raw).
On September 24, 2016, the Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse hosted a reception for the Alumni of the School of the Theatre Arts. Cast members of The Fantasticks (1969) had joined an ensemble of current production for a cast call and a sing-along of "Try To Remember".
Patti La Marr, Ross Clark, and Valerie Amidon had created a special display dedicated to Alumni productions of The Fantasticks. Stop by at the Georgia McClay Friendship Center and see a journey of The Fantasticks from Off-Broadway to Pasadena and beyond ...
The current show and the exhibit close on October 2nd.
Photo Album of the Alumni Reunion (via The Pasadena Playhouse Facebook).
Do you know that the longest running Broadway musical was produced by the Pasadena Playhouse before 2016?
The Pasadena Playhouse at Catalina: The Fantasticks Summer of 1965.
Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse