Our Town… But Wilder will premiere Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theater next month. Written and directed by Richard Krevolin, the comedy centers on a 1980's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town that goes awry. The production will begin previews October 1, with opening night set for October 16.
Set in Irrelevant, Connecticut, Our Town... But Wilder follows a high school student named Bentley Cramer, who is thrust into a position of power as the stage manager for his high school's production of Our Town. Misadventures ensue, leading him down a journey of self discovery as the fragile boundaries of small-town America clash together.
The company will include Robert Aloi, Frances Karagio, Chris Carver, Anne Nadell, Isabell Sheehan, Caitlin Wells, Ben Elias, Scotty Kall, Joseph Monseur, Josh Manson, Scotty Kall, and Camber Carpenter.
“I’ve loved Our Town since I first watched the play on PBS as a child,” says Krevolin. “It’s a fantastic vehicle to show how some things in small New England towns never seem to change; from the welcoming sense of knowing your neighbors to the beauty in aspects like the fall foliage to the puritanical intolerance of race, religion, and sexuality. Both works are contemplative pieces about humanity, though unlike Wilder’s play, this play is a transgressive comedy which challenges us to laugh while thinking more deeply about who we are as Americans, both in the past and in the present.”
The production will feature lighting design by Aurora Winger. The stage managers will be Jackie Perez and Devin McKenzie. Casting is by Lindsay Chag. General management is by Edmund Gaynes.