Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN Announced At Circle Theatre
Thornton Wilder's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama makes a rare not-to-be-missed visit to Circle's stage. This moving story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Wilder's classic play reminds us of the importance of love, loss, and living in the moment.
Circle's production is directed by Matthew Gray. The cast includes JR Bradford as Howie Newsome/Sam Craig, Thomas Aiden Baughman+ as Wally Webb, Cooper Carter+ as Wally Webb, Javier Casanova+ as Joe Crowell Jr./Si Crowell, Gigi Cervantes as Mrs. Gibbs, Tim D'Auteuil as Professor Willard/Mr. Carter/Man among the Dead, Julienne Greer* as Mrs.Webb, Lana K. Hoover as Mrs. Soames/Woman in the Balcony/Lady in the Box, Jim Jorgensen* as Dr. Gibbs, Tia Laulusa as Emily Webb, Hayley Lenamon+ as Rebecca Gibbs, Dennis Maher as Joe Stoddard/ Constable Warren/Man in the Auditorium, Sam McCalla as Simon Stimson, Ilyena Metzger+ as Rebecca Gibbs, Kelsey Milbourn as the Stage Manager, Theodore Morris+ as Joe Crowell Jr./Si Crowell, Jacob Oderberg as George Gibbs, and Steven Pounders* as Mr. Webb.
Our Town is presented by special arrangement with The Wilder Family LLC/ Alan Brodie Representation Ltd
Circle's Theatre's production team members include Cathy O'Neal* (Stage Manager), Elizabeth Stevens (Assistant Director), Makinzy Springer* (Assistant Stage Manager), Donna Marquet (Set Design), Amy Poe (Lighting Design), Matthew Gray (Sound Design), and Aaron Patrick DeClerk (Costume Design),
Photos are available upon request. Visit https://www.circletheatre.com/ourtown for more information.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
+ Select Performances, Double Cast
About the Playwright
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was a novelist and playwright whose works celebrate the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. He is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both drama and fiction: for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. His other novels include The Cabala, The Woman of Andros, Heaven's My Destination, The Ides of March, The Eighth Day and Theophilus North. His other major dramas include The Matchmaker (adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!) and The Alcestiad. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA and The Long Christmas Dinner are among his well-known shorter plays. He enjoyed enormous success as a translator, adaptor, actor, librettist and lecturer/teacher and his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More information on Thornton Wilder and his family is available in Penelope Niven's definitive biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life (2013) as well as on the Wilder Family website, www.thorntonwilder.com
About the Director
Matthew Gray (Director) Matthew has worked both locally and nationally as an actor, director, and designer. At Circle he directed Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree and Something Intangible. Some of his favorite local directing credits include: A Kid Like Jake; Pluck the Day; Humpty Dumpty (Second Thought Theater) Macbeth (Kitchen Dog Theater) A Christmas Carol; The Shape of Things (Dallas Theater Center). Other local theatres where Matthew has worked include: Casa Mañana, Dallas Children's Theater and Classical Acting Company, which he founded and served as Artistic Director with his wife Emily for four seasons. Prior to his time in Dallas he lived and worked regionally and in New York for the (Off-Broadway) Pearl Theatre Company, The Flying Machine, Soho Rep, The Samuel Becket Theatre, Interart Annex - 53rd St. Theatre, The Chelsea Playhouse, Theatre 22 and 5th Street Theatre. Matthew is beyond delighted to be directing his first play at Circle as the Artistic Director.