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Our Town… But Wilder is very different than Thornton Wilder's most famous play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, Wilder’s play takes place in a New England town called Grover’s Corner, while Krevolin’s is set in Irrelevant, Connecticut. Krevolin's play shows how some things in small New England towns never seem to change; from the welcoming sense of knowing your neighbors to the beauty in aspects like the fall foliage to the puritanical intolerance of race, religion, and/or sexuality. Both works are contemplative pieces about humanity, though unlike Wilder’s play, Krevolin’s is a transgressive comedy which challenges us to laugh while thinking more deeply about who we are as Americans, both in the past and in the present.
THE HISTORY OF THE PLAY – Richard Krevolin became a theater lover while growing up in a small Connecticut town in the 1970s/80s. He wrote Our Town… But Wilder while in grad school in 1990 and promptly put it on the shelf, where it sat for the next 30 years. Then, just a few years ago, he returned to his high school for a ceremony in which he was named a member of the academic hall of fame. Coincidentally, only days before the event there had been antisemitic and homophobic incidents at the school, which reminded him of the similar issues he had written about decades earlier. The fact that some things never seemed to change in small town America compelled him to unearth and share his now-33-year-old play with the world. As a result, Our Town… But Wilder will have its world premiere off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theater in October, 2022.
A SYNOPSIS – Our Town... but Wilder is set in a small New England town in the 1980’s and tells the story of high school student Bentley Cramer, a sexually confused theater kid. When Bentley becomes the stage manager in his high school’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, a series of comic mishaps lead him on a journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening as he learns about the fragile coexistence of beauty/community and intolerance/divisiveness that often co-exist in small town America.
“Our Town… But Wilder is irreverent, funny, and heartfelt; it’s Oscar Wilde meets Breakfast Club. The cast sparkles, as fully-formed characters come to life. The play is set in the 80s but its ideas remain all too relevant today.” - Elie Honig, CNN and Bestselling Author
"Richard Krevolin has blown the doors off of a classic piece of Americana. Our Town…But Wilder exposes the dark forces just below the surface of small-town New England. It’s funny and irreverent, and carries a powerful message of change." - James Ledbetter, Executive Editor of The Observer, and Author of One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries
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