"Our Town" Tickets on Sale

September 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The Shoestring Players will be performing Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” on September 30 – October 2 at 8:00 pm and on Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are $4.00 for Faculty/Staff and Students, General Admission is $6.00. Box office hours are 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office window, reserved in person, reserved by phone(5695) or by e-mail sculbreth@uscupstate.edu.

Set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire – a small, rural, out-of-the-way fictional town during the years between 1901 to 1913 – Our Town has become one of the most popularly produced plays of the twentieth century. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Our Town has echoes of Greek drama with a focus on the continuing cycle of life and humankind’s comprehension of eternity. The main character is the stage manager, the character who narrates the play and talks directly to the audience. This is the character who is the voice of the writer and the character who gives the audience the background and history of Grover’s Corners.

The central values of the play—Christian morality, community, the family, appreciation of everyday pleasures—are traditional, while the methods of presenting these values on stage are radically innovative. With no scenery, few props, mimed actions and dramatis persona who fluidly travel in and out of the action of the play, Our Town is full of experimental techniques that allow the audience to focus on the characters themselves rather than on their location and how they related to objects that surrounded them. Thornton Wilder artfully manipulates time and place and relates the here-and-now-of a small, New England village to the timeless concerns of all humankind.