The Varsity Hosts The Stage Company Production of ''Our Town''
The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Please note, this is going to be a darker take on the play than might be expected.
Performances, show times, and tickets
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town will play at The Varsity Center in Carbondale, IL, on July 12-14 & 18-21, 2019. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are only $7 on Thursday, July 18th. The box office will be open from 5-7 p.m. July 8-13 and at 1 p.m. on July 14th. The box office will again be open from 5-7 p.m. July 17-20 and at 1 p.m. July 21st. You can also call (618) 549-5466 to purchase tickets or buy tickets any time by visiting https://stagecompany.org/
About the author: Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin. His innovative novels and plays reflect his views of the universal truths in human nature. He is probably best known for his plays.
After graduating from Yale University in 1920, Wilder studied archaeology in Rome. From 1930 to 1937 he taught dramatic literature and the classics at the University of Chicago.
Wilder’s plays engage the audience in make-believe by having the actors address the spectators directly and by discarding props and scenery. Wilder won a Pulitzer Prize for Our Town, becoming the only person to receive the award in both the fiction and drama categories. The Matchmaker was made into a film in 1958 and adapted in 1964 into the immensely successful musical Hello, Dolly! which was also made into a film.
Wilder’s other plays include The Skin of Our Teeth (1942; Pulitzer Prize), which employs deliberate anachronisms and the use of the same characters in various geological and historical periods to show that human experience is much the same whatever the time or place. Posthumous publications include The Journals of Thornton Wilder, 1939–1961, edited by Donald Gallup, and Wilder’s correspondence with Gertrude Stein, The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder (1996), edited by Edward Burns and Ulla E. Dydo.
JENNIFER CAUDELL (Director) is a third year MFA student at SIUC in Theatre with a focus on directing. She has been involved in theatre, off and on, since she was ten years old and saw her first musical, Annie, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. She has worked with the Stage Company and been a member since 2009. She has stage managed over twenty-five shows and has directed six. She has stage managed Unnecessary Farce for the 2010 MSP season and was the assistant stage manager for McLeod Summer Playhouse’s 2010 season for The Drowsy Chaperone and the Wizard of Oz. She was a co-founder of the Three Graces Theatre and directed Ismene and It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Show with said company. Her directing work with the Stage Company includes: Our Town, Anne of Green Gables and The Laramie Project.
CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM:
Ensemble Cast Members:
Director: Jennifer Caudell
Assistant Director: David Rush
Stage Manager: Sarah Curtis
Assistant Stage Manager: Ananda Syler
Costume Designer: Ruth Dougherty
Lighting Designer: Jon Alexander
Scenic Designer: Jennifer Caudell
Sound Designer: Jennifer Caudell
Sound Board Operator: ?
Light Board Operator: Dustin Hageland