Our Town

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
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December 2010

Directed by Kevin McKendrick

Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

Throughout Wilder uses metatheatrical devices setting the play in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guests lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The play is performed without a set on a mostly-bare stage. With a few exceptions, the actors mime actions without the use of props.

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