Friday, September 23, 2011

CSC PRODUCES “OUR TOWN” IN A NEW LIGHT

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company ain’t just about the Bard. This time out, they’re tackling a classic American play about a simpler time…or is it?

OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Ian Gallanar

WHEN: October 7-30, Thursday through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Outdoors at the
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park , Ellicott City
TICKETS: Adults: $28 - $36; Seniors: $25; Students under 25: $15 ($4/ticket service fee)
Special rate of $12/ticket for groups of 10 students or more
PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE or call 410.313.8661 (M-F, noon to 4:30 PM)
Performances of the movable productions frequently sell out, so please purchase tickets in advance.

CSC is producing the classic American play Our Town in a whole new way. As with past autumn productions, the audience will follow the action and the actors around the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Their productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus were enormously popular, and they thought it would be exciting to add a modern American classic to their "movable" repertoire.

CSC Resident Actor Dave Gamble leads a group of actors in this inventive and intimate production. Our Town audiences will move through existing physical grounds that are transformed into a unique performance venue—one that tangibly evokes the past, enhancing the play's themes.

Join CSC in the crisp autumn air for this memorable theatrical event.

  • bring a flashlight
  • no shuttle--plan to walk up the hill
  • pick up tickets at the Park (not in the parking lot)
  • dress warmly
  • wear sensible shoes for running from ghosts
    www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

What Makes Our Town Great?

This beautiful, haunting play is often mischaracterized as light and innocent. To those who pay attention, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a meditation on the passage of time and the beauty of everyday life. Thornton Wilder's most frequently-produced play has been moving audiences for almost 80 years--truly an American classic.

Our Town centers on the lives of George Gibbs, a doctor’s son, and Emily Webb, daughter of the newspaper editor, as they grow up, fall in love, and confront the darker side of the realities of life. The Stage Manager guides the audience through the New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners at the turn of the last century, utilizing various locations of the PFI, a former boarding school. The audience will become part of the play as they peek through windows, peer over balconies, or step aside to catch the action of a crowd scene in the courtyard.