Historic Green-Wood Cemetery will be transformed into Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century, as it becomes an urban and bold outdoor stage for a new production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Located on 478 park-like acres in the heart of Brooklyn, Green-Wood was founded in 1838.
Heading the production team are award-winning director and playwright James Presson, founder of Less Than Rent Theatre and a 2013/2014 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and Nora McNally (24 Hour Plays on Broadway and executive director of Less Than Rent Theatre). The show is being presented in partnership with the Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Set against the backdrop of Green-Wood’s rolling hills, early summer blooms and 19th-century monuments, this new production of Wilder’s timeless three-act play will explore the universal human experience of life, love, marriage, death and dying while incorporating the Cemetery's natural beauty and idiosyncrasies into its staging.
The production will have original music and choral arrangements by acclaimed classical composer Brendan Fox. This cast of the show reflects Brooklyn today -- a far cry from the Puritan New England town of the original production. And while the play stays true to the universal themes of Wilder's world-renowned work, its presentation is distinctly urban, incorporating music that ranges from romantic to punk and from rock to folk – which promises to add a certain “Brooklyn” vibe to the show.
•Wednesdays – Saturdays (Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30pm) June 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 •Saturday Midnight Shows (Doors open at 11:00pm. Show begins at 11:30pm) June 14, 21, 28
TICKETS: For information about the production or to purchase tickets, e-mail call 718-210-3080 or visit http://www.green-wood.com/event/730-our-town/2014-06-11/ •Advance tickets (can be purchased up to an hour before the show): $30 •At the door (subject to availability): $35 •Midnight shows: $40 •Group rates available for 10 or more. For information on Group rates, call 718-210-3073. •A $5 discount is available for all shows for: Attendees under 25 (with valid ID) Members of Green-Wood or the Brooklyn Historical Society (with valid ID)
NOTE: •This production is appropriate for ages 10 and up. •For Green-Wood’s event policies, visit http://www.green-wood.com/event/730-our-town/2014-06-11/ •For Green-Wood’s inclement weather policy, visit http://www.green-wood.com/2011/inclement-weather-policy