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The Justice Theater Project presents “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder | Sept 10 – 16

Photo by Matt Lee

The 2010-2011 season “Making Community Family and the Common Good” will continue to focus on the family and the community that embraces it. Three plays and a “Family Forum” have been selected to encourage a discourse around the family as a community and our responsibilities as citizens.

Immediate. Intimate. A rethinking of an American standard. “Our Town”, by Thornton Wilder, presents a new aesthetic concept based on the current Off-Broadway production by David Cromer and the Barrow Street Theatre. The cast wears contemporary clothing that could have come from their own closets, allowing them to blend with the audience in this intimate production where you feel you are a member of the Grover’s Corners community. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, this production is without sentimentality or the false balm of nostalgia. This production also features a multi cultural cast.

Originally staged in 1938, “Our Town” has become so familiar that many miss the philosophical depths due to the traditional staging and packaging. This stripped down version dissolves the barriers between the cast and the audience. Wilder’s text performed in this way pulls focus way back to reveal a cosmic dimension, where joy and sorrow are equal from the vantage point of the stars. There is a flourish in the third act that heightens Emily’s realization that the living are unable to “realize life while they live it… every, every minute.”, helping us, as Wilder sought, to make the simple and ordinary a sacrament.

The issue community and our responsibilities as individuals will be addressed during two nights of pre-show discussions with State Representative Chris Heagarty. September 12 at 1:30 pm and September 18 at 7:30 pm.

“Our Town”, is directed by Kevin Ferguson, stage management by Elsbeth Turner, lighting design by Tom Wolf, costuming by Nora Murphy, set design by Lexie Nichols, properties design by Elsbeth Turner, assistant direction by Christine Zagrobelny and assistant stage management by Jason Hassell.

The Cast: Stage Manager: J. Chachula, Mrs. Gibbs: Susannah Hough, Doctor Gibbs: Stephen LeTrent, George Gibbs: Lucas Campbell, Rebecca Gibbs: Kate Brittain, Mrs. Webb: Megan Mazzocchi, Editor Webb: Jack Prather, Emily Webb: Ali Hammond, Wally Webb: Brian Driskill, Simon Stimson: Ian Finley, Mrs. Soames: Renee Wimberley, Howie Newsome: Sean Brosnahan, Joe Crowell, Jr.: Glenn Driskill, Sam Craig: Josh Teder, Joe Stoddard: Bing Cox, Constable Warren: John Honeycutt, Professor Willard: Lester Hill, Si Crowell: Eli Miller, Irma: Barbette Hunter, Citizen: Colleen Guest, Citizen: Laura Sheridan, Citizen: Rob Cui

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) is an advocacy and activist theater company whose mission is to use the dramatic arts to bring to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. Each year JTP presents a diverse combination of original works, main stage productions, and community outreach events focusing on issues of social justice.

“Our Town” will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on September 10, 11, ,17, 18, 24, 25 and September 12, 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Sunday, September 12 at 2 p.m. is $5.00 admission day.

Special events:

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – Join us for a Complimentary after show reception
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – $5.00 Matinee
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – 8 pm Audio Described Performance

Web information: General JTP information and on line tickets: www.TheJusticeTheaterProject.org

Educational/Experiential Guides are available by emailing marketing[at]thejusticetheaterproject.org

CALENDAR LISTING INFORMATION:

The Justice Theater Project presents “Our Town”  New. Modern. With a twist.  September  10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00p.m and September 12, 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m.  St. Francis of Assisi, Clare Hall Performing Arts Center. 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh.  www.TheJusticeTheaterProject.org Sunday, September 12  $5.00 Admission. Regular admission:  $15 Adults, $12 Student/Senior.  Reservations (919)264-7089

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