Kim Walsh Directs OUR TOWN at UC San Diego
About the play: The people of Grovers Corners, a small New Hampshire town, are intimately and profoundly presented in this deeply moving classic of the American theatre. Performed on a mostly bare stage, actors mime most of the actions of the characters' lives, only to highlight later just how full their lives actually were. At times deeply emotional and poetic, this play also showcases the talents of a large cast through creative staging, down-home nostalgia and sly humor.
Our Town runs November 27, 28, 29, 30 and December 1 at 7:30 pm with an additional 2 pm matinee performance on December 1.
Tickets are $20 for regular performances. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Student tickets are $10 for regular performances. Faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens discounts available as well. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (858) 534-4574.
The cast features Elijah Douglas (Stage Manager), Mrigank Khema (Frank Gibbs), Farah Dinga (Julia Gibbs), Roberto Perez Kempton (George Gibbs), Rosie McConnell (Rebecca Gibbs), Micaela Martinez (Emily Webb), Liam Walsh (Wally Webb), Kirstiana Rosas (Myrtle Webb), August Robinson (Charles Webb), Charlie Sale (Joe/Si Crowell), Trevor Rinzler (Howie Newsome), Sebastian Clark (Professor Willard), Teagan Rutkowski (Simon Stimson), Tiffany Raditch (Louella Soames), Ryan Martinez (Constable Warren), Matthew Klimper (Sam Craig), Simon Martin (Joe Stoddard), Sophia Erlich (Ensemble), Sophia Harris (Ensemble), Chloris Li (Ensemble), Hannah Folk (Ensemble), Jake Sutton (Ensemble), Ben McLaren (Ensemble), Jingtao Lei (Ensemble), and Joshua Kim (Ensemble).
The production staff includes Kim Walsh (Director), Michael Wogulis (Scenic Designer), Eunice Kim (Lighting Designer), Samantha England (Costume Designer), Justin Livengood (Sound Designer), Nicholas Lambros Smith (Production Stage Manager), and Rebekah Fagan (Assistant Stage Manager).
About the playwright: Thornton Wilder was an American playwright and novelist who won three Pulitzer Prizes throughout his illustrious career: one for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and the plays The Skin of Our Teeth and Our Town. He was also a U.S. National Book Award winner for his novel The Eighth Day. Wilder's play The Matchmaker was later adapted into the hit musical Hello Dolly.
About the director: Kim Walsh has been acting, directing and teaching theatre throughout the country and abroad for over twenty years. She has taught from Lugano, Switzerland to South East Los Angeles, as well as at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and at Kaiser Permanente, where she was director for Theatre Workshop. Some of her recent directing credits include the UC San Diego undergraduate production of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Other People and Sin Eaters for the Wagner New Play Festival. As a performer she has appeared in film, television and regional theatres including the Signature Theatre in New York and locally at La Jolla Playhouse, where she was in the original productions of Fortinbras by Lee Blessing (awarded Time Magazine's Best 10 Plays of the Year) and the musical Elmer Gantry, directed by Des McAnuff. She was a founding member of the Elysium Theater Company in New York, where she performed in many classic and existential German plays including Hinkemann, Fun and Games at the Barbershop and Offending the Audience. On film and in television she has been seen in Secret Santa, Cannon Fields and Rapunzel (WGBH-Boston), as well as numerous commercials.