Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town will be revived at Theatricum Botanicum on July 29, directed by Ellen Geer and Heidi Helen Davis. A production of Wilder's classic American play opened Theatricum's first Equity Repertory season in the summer of 1983. The current run is through Oct. 21.
"I think Our Town speaks to what people want today, what we're crying out for," said Geer in a statement. "The characters in Wilder's play--the people of Grover's Corner 100 years ago--they're so specific as to time and place, but who they were is who we are now. It doesn't matter what race, or what age, or what culture. We all have the same basic need for humanity, and it truly does go too fast."
Our Town features Willow Geer-Alsop as Emily Webb and Jeremiah James Schalberg as George Gibbs; David Ellenstein is newspaper editor Mr. Webb, and Susan Angelo his wife; Leonard Kelly-Young and Melora Marshall as Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs; Tom Allard as milkman Howie Newsome; and Simon Stimson as choir director and town drunk Sheridan Crist. The role of the stage manager is played by Ellen Geer. Also featured are Marshall McDaniel, Danielle O'Terry, Ezra Le Bank, Elizabeth George and Robert Metcalf.
Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 455-3723.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent