Our Town 

Indeed the play’s success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive.
— Donald Margulies in the Foreword to Our Town.

This timeless drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, has become an American classic with universal appeal. Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed play, Our Town appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim, and won the Pulitzer Prize. From the very beginning, Our Town has been produced throughout the world.

Our Town explores the relationship between two young Grover’s Corners neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance, and then culminates in marriage. When Emily looses her life in childbirth, the circle of life portrayed in each of the three acts of Our Town–growing up, adulthood, and death–is fully realized.

Wilder offers a couple of chairs on a bare stage as the backdrop for an exploration of the universal human experience. The simple story of a love affair is constantly rediscovered because it asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life and death. In the final moments of the play, the recently deceased Emily is granted the opportunity to revisit one day in her life, only to discover that she never fully appreciated all she possessed until she lost it. “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you,” she says as she takes her place among the dead.

From the blog:
Leslie Odom, Jr. | On Playing George in Our Town

This Play Is Called Our Town: 80 Years in Grover’s Corners

A Terrorized British City Turns to an All-American Play for Healing

Theatre comes to The Public: Bringing Our Town(s) Together

Thornton Wilder’s “Quiet Masterpiece” - Interview with Molly Smith


Photos


Videos

Tappan Wilder on the new edition of OUR TOWN

Tappan Wilder on the legacy of OUR TOWN

Our Town, directed by David Cromer, featured on CBS Sunday Morning

TDF goes back stage with Keith Perry, who has appeared in more performances of Our Town than any other actor in history.

LICENSING

Amateur Productions in the USA, Puerto Rico and Commonwealth Countries:
Samuel French Inc.

All Professional Productions; Amateur Productions outside the USA and Commonwealth Countries:
Alan Brodie Representation Ltd.

PURCHASE

Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater, published by the Library of America

Our Town

Three Plays

Samuel French Acting Edition