‘Our Town' comes to SUNY Orange

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:36

MIDDLETOWN - Thornton Wilder’s drama about two ordinary families living in adjacent houses in sleepy Grover’s Corners, N.H., appears at the Orange Hall Theatre stage at SUNY Orange as the Apprentice Players perform “Our Town” on Nov. 5, 7, 12 and 14. First produced in 1938, “Our Town” has become one of America’s most loved and performed plays, and is considered Wilder’s most celebrated achievement. The Apprentice Players’ production will be directed by SUNY Orange professor Max Schaefer. Set in the early years of the 20 century, “Our Town” has been described by many as the Great American Play. The play details the everyday lives of two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs. But underlying the events of their lives — marriages, births, and deaths — is a hope for something more. Through a close examination of daily routine and the seemingly mundane, Wilder exposes a universal truth — people tend to plow through life pursuing an end goal, when the small joys of the present moment should really be their focus. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6 and 12 and 13. Sunday showings will begin at 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14. Ticket prices for “Our Town” are: $14, general admission; $10, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sunyorange.edu. Call 341-4790 for more information.