Come down to the Actors' Temple Theatre on 339 West 47th Street and see the show! Running Time 95 minutes
OUR TOWN – Our Town… But Wilder was inspired by Thornton Wilder's most famous play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, which has never stopped being produced since its premier in 1938. Small-town community plays a titular role in both plays. Wilder’s play takes place in a New England town called Grover’s Corner, while Krevolin’s is set in Irrelevant, Connecticut. Both towns serve as a vehicle to capture the essence of life in America.
Playwright and director Richard Krevolin has loved Our Town since he first watched the play on PBS as a child. Krevolin believed the play to be the perfect vehicle to show 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 and fan of Thornton Wilder’s plays 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 as he learns about the fragile coexistence of beauty/community and intolerance/divisiveness that often co-exist in small town America.
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