The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 · www.pcs.org
The Armory

Our Town

September 12 – October 11, 2015

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

An irrefutable classic of the American theater, this Pulitzer Prize-winning work transports us to Grover’s Corners, a small New England town at the turn of the twentieth century whose secret desires, family conflicts, loves and losses are resoundingly familiar to us today. This beloved drama receives a fresh interpretation at PCS, inviting us to ponder what is today, and celebrating both the marvel of everyday existence and the “something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.”

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
View the season calendar.

Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes; including two intermissions.

Who’s Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

Playbill:
Explore the playbill.

The Playwright:
Learn more about Thornton Wilder.

Note:
Our Town is recommended for ages 12+. Contains theatrical haze and may spark conversations about the meaning of life, and the sweet craziness of being in love. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

Our Town

Previews are Sep. 12-17 | Opening night Sep. 18
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Rose Riordan

“Our Town’s” Lauren Modica

The Our Town cast features Broadway vets, local favorites and new talent to our stage. We recently chatted with cast member and Portland native Lauren Modica about what Our Town means to her.

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Know Your City Tours: A People’s History of Portland

For our upcoming production of the American classic Our Town, we’re partnering with Know Your City to present a series of tours.

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The Life of Thornton Wilder

1897 Born in Madison, Wisconsin (April 17)

1906 Moves to Hong Kong in May and to Berkeley, California in October

1906-1910 Emerson Public School in Berkeley

1910-1911 China Inland Mission School, Chefoo, China (one year)

1912-1913 Thacher School, Ojai, California (one year). First play known to be ... Learn More

A Journey Through “Our Town”

A Journey Through Our Townwith Production Dramaturg Mary Blair

What’s in a Name?Imagine Our Town had been called M Marries N. That’s the title Wilder considered when he scribbled out a list of play ideas on July 2, 1935. Just two weeks earlier ... Learn More

“Our Town” Cast and Creative Team

Our Town

By Thornton WilderDirected by Rose Riordan

Cast

Shawn Fagan*……………………………...............................Stage Manager

Paul Cosentino*…………………………...............................Dr. Gibbs

Chris Murray*................................................................Joe Crowell, Jr./Si Crowell/Mr. Carter and others

Vin Shambry*……………………………...............................Howie Newsome

Gina Daniels*……………………………................................Mrs. Gibbs

Tina Chilip*………………………………................................Mrs. Webb

Sathya Sridharan*…………………….................................George Gibbs

Hailey Kilgore……………………………..............................Rebecca Gibbs

Henry Martin.…………………………................................Wally Webb

Nikki ... Learn More

Our Town has critics raving and audiences gasping!

"Intimacy and universality blend to move us deeply in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town. ... Simply put, the production is a glowing triumph for the company." -The Oregonian

"PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh ... [the production] soars in the caliber of its performance. ... When the curtain rose on Act 3, the audience gasped." -Willamette Week

"There are a handful of works of art I would put on my "must see or hear" list, works that move me to the point of understanding; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; Jamie Wyeth's The Red House; Franz Kafka's The Penal Colony; the movie Harold and Maude. And now I must add Our Town to this list, specifically the performance by this cast at this theatre under this director. Art can make us understand ourselves better, and at its finest, can make us appreciate life as the brief, precious gift that it is. Our Town is that kind of art, and in this telling, is a gift. Take advantage of the opportunity to see it while you can." -EDGEMedia

"Theaters always have a big choice to make as far as whether to produce a classic exactly as written or to give it some twist to make it their own. The twist Portland Center Stage employs is equal parts subtle and bold and is very effective. ... While the actors give us subtlety and realness, Rose Riordan's staging gives us beautiful theatricality. ... And then there's the moment when the curtain goes up on act three. I'm not going to give it away, but what I saw was stunning. The staging in this final leg of the show is beautifully haunting and worth the price of admission. -Ut Omnia Bene

"There is nothing like a great stage production of Our Town to make a person a believer. Portland Center Stage will make you one with its stunning production of the Pulitzer Prize winner ... So what makes this a great play in 2015? Let’s start with great directing. Rose Riordan nails it. Timing. Humor. The perfect innocence and honesty of the characters. She and the cast not only capture some of life’s sweetest moments, but also make them ours." - Judy Nedry

Our Town Pcs2015 Church Choir 3 696X308

Front: Gina Daniels, Sharonlee McLean and Laura Faye Smith. Back: Sathya Sridharan and Nikki Massoud.

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