Our town is a 1938 metatheatrical three-act play by american playwright thornton wilder it tells the story of the fictional american small town of grover's corners between 1901 and 1913 through the. Life is pretty much the same for small towns in america back in 1901 men and women took life at ease and were gratefully appreciated by their children while the time period is over 100 years ago, some things never change life begins with birth and ends with death. Our town is thornton wilder's most celebrated play it opened on broadway in 1938, received a pulitzer prize for drama, and went on to become one of in wilder's day, it was fashionable for plays to expose the hypocrisy of american life with its focus on the precious moments in everyday life, our.
Our town - thornton wilder - 1938 introduction thornton wilder won his second pulitzer prize for the 1938 drama our town, with its understated our town by thornton wilder after attending yale university, thornton wilder (1897-1975) became a novelist and a writer of unconventional plays that. Free study guide for our town by thornton wilder-book summary the setting of our town is crucial to the meaning of wilder's play, as indicated by the title our town really refers to grover's corners, an imaginary small town located in new hampshire, just across the massachusetts line. Thornton wilder's our town is one of the more enduring american plays, for the very good reason even in a less than perfect revival, thornton wilder's our town remains the essential american play, a sentimental yet thoughtful and philosophical look back to the innocent opposite end of our century.
The play represents a few ideas: 1 represents an ordinary town and ordinary american people early in the 20th century 2 discusses the idea of death and what it would be like 3 is given the chance, after death, to relive one day of her life (emily's) similar to some movies in this way: it's a wonderful life. Thornton wilder's 1938 pulitzer prize-winning play made its debut at princeton, new jersey's mccarter theater before ultimately moving to the henry miller theatre in new york city in the new york times review, brooks atkinson called our town one of the finest achievements of the current.
The essence of thornton wilder's our town, and paul newman's incredible performance on broadway the pulitzer-prize-winning play our town is about what life is and should be all about in three acts, author thornton wilder said it all: daily life love and marriage and death and eternity. Our town is a play by thornton wilder that was first performed in 1938 test your knowledge of our town with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web. Our town by thornton wilder 39,478 ratings, 364 average rating, 1,421 reviews stage manager: no saints and poets maybethey do some ― thornton wilder, our town.
Town, mr wilder has transmuted the sim-ple events of human life into universal reverie he has given familiar facts a our play in three acts thornton wilder harper & row, publishers new york, evanston, and london our town. Thornton wilder once referred to our town as an effort to find the dignity in the trivial of our daily life, against those preposterous stretches which seem to rob it of any such dignity this is an important aspect of the play, especially in today s society. For 80 years, thornton wilder's our town has awed audiences the american playwright's delicate tale of small town american families at the turn of the 20th century is alive with humanity and poetry yet, there was a time when its content felt downright revolutionary. Thornton wilder this beautiful new edition features an eyeopening afterword written by tappan wilder that includes thornton wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material our town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim.
Morning, howie page 4 our town by thornton wilder george descends the ladder page 22 our town by thornton wilder dr gibbs make yourself comfortable, george i'll only keep you a minute. Thornton wilder's our town: the reader as writer students read a play and create their own play using thornton wilder's our townas a resource in this play instructional activity, students analyze how theatrical elements contribute to a play's meanings and effects. 2 in thornton wilder s our town, at the end of act i, rebecca gibbs tells george about a letter sent by a minister with a very peculiar address 9 20 in act iii of thornton wilder s our town, most of the conversation takes place among the dead people in the graveyard evaluate the view of life.
In the play our town, by thornton wilder, a character by the name of simon stimson makes a very insightful statement about people and their lives simon is dead and buried, as well as several of the play's other characters, when a newly-dead young woman named emily joins their ranks and begins. 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. Thornton wilder's play, our town, in three short acts encompasses the human experience of living each act represents a different stage of life as it follows the developing lives of emily webb and george gibbs and ultimately describes an idyllic version of america in which it exemplifies a longed for.