Thornton Wilder’s three-act play Our Town broke new ground with its use of metatheatrical devices. The play is set in the actual theater where it is being performed; the main character is the theater’s stage manager, who tells the story of the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives – and deaths – of its citizens.
The stage manager directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The set is mostly bare, and for the most part, the rest of the cast mime actions with no props.
Sounds pretty post-modern, doesn’t it? But it’s from 1938, and the Springfield Theatre Centre’s Active & Creative Teen Theatre group is breathing new life into it.
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62701
- Friday, July 12, 7 pm-9 pm
- Saturday, July 13, 5 pm-7 pm
- Sunday, July 14, noon-2 pm