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Before it graced the Broadway stage and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Our Town made its debut at Princeton’s McCarter Theater in 1938. The classic work by Thornton Wilder whisks audiences to the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and pulls them back in time to 1901. Over three acts, a stage manager punctures the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience, introducing the intertwining stories of the townspeople. Act one focuses on the routine of everyday tasks, from the morning milk delivery to the school bell beckoning children from their homes. Act two opens three years later, zooming in on the wedding preparations of high-school sweethearts George and Emily while backtracking just a bit to let their prenuptial fears and anxieties show. The third act—nine years later—meditates on death, but in doing so celebrates life. The postdeath contemplations of Emily emphasize just how much life should be valued: “every, every minute” of it.
When Wilder wrote Our Town, he did so largely in response to what he viewed as the superficiality and evasiveness of theater in his time. Doing away with fancy trappings, Our Town is staged without a set and with minimal props. The narrative then conveys its heavy themes through metatheatrical devices: the words of the stage manager, the mimed actions of the performers, and the telepathic presentation of the play’s CliffsNotes.
Rockville Little Theatre
1947 was a banner year for theatre. Broadway had just seen the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, and the very first Tony Awards were held to the delight of theatre artists, theatergoers, and guys named Tony everywhere. But there were also smaller victories throughout the country. Hundreds of miles away from the Great White Way, a group of six Rockville residents assembled to create the aptly named Rockville Little Theatre and debuted in 1948 with a production of Noel Coward's Hay Fever. In the years since that first performance, the theatre company has only grown larger in membership, stature, and attendance. Placing an emphasis on quality theater and family programming, the theater's award-winning mix of new and classic comedies, mysteries, and dramas designed to appeal to theatregoers of all ages.
603 Edmonston Dr.
Rockville, MD 20851