Theater in the Woods Vermont presents expanded and reimagined “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder
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Theater in the Woods Vermont Co. presents a beautifully imagined production of Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece of small town life, Our Town, on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 PM at the Old Tinmouth Firehouse (seats 80), and Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 at 7:00 PM, Sunday April 14 at 3:00 PM at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney.
Our Town has endured as a staple of theater companies throughout the nation ever since it first premiered 81 years ago, with good reason: its clear-eyed look at the stability of traditions and family, the steadfastness of the natural environment, and the transience of human life is just as illuminating today as in 1938. Our Town is often done in period costume. Director Meg Bouchard says, “The period disconnected me from the text. Wilder’s intention was for this to be an experimental piece of theater. So we’re experimenting.”
Theater in the Woods’ workshop production of Our Town in 2018 was an affecting, tender success. Seeing how it touched its audiences, the company wanted to get scripts out of hand and delve deeper, and is excited to bring the work to more people, with some significant shifts in the cast.
“Why this play again? Why this play now? Because it is so richly loaded with the human experience. I want to explore it using a real community. We have husbands and wives and sons and daughters, and tension, and history, and laughter. And we can have all of that. A community can hold the drunk in the street and a Representative and be What If? That’s the question - what if it could? And that’s laid out in our cast.”
Bouchard’s production is intimate and connective. “The world is so overwhelming that we’re retreating instead of binding together. There is an impulse to dissolve into disease of isolation. You see it in things closing, lack of attendance, how we drift apart from our neighbors. We slowly separate from life and miss the vitality of the day-to-day maintenance. Community is about tied shoelaces, the importance of just showing up for one another. We’re walking around with these broken hearts about what’s happening in the world and it is just the moment our hearts are open to reconnect. It’s all about connection.”