First of all, I’d like to take a quick moment to wish myself a Happy Birthday. So, Happy Birthday, Me! Thanks, Me!
Fun fact: Our Town playwright Thornton Wilder spent most of his life and is buried in my home town of Hamden, CT. Other fun fact: I never actually knew anything about Our Town or Thornton Wilder when I still lived in Hamden, but I did play lots of shitty punk rock shows in the Thornton Wilder Auditorium, so, ya know, there’s that.
Our production of Our Town at the Huntington opens next week, and I’m incredibly about finally having the chance to see this show in this way. David Cromer, the director, won a MacArthur “Genius” Award, largely for his work on this show, and everyone who’s seen it so far (it’s been performed in several different incarnations across the country before this, but this is the same design and approach, with a new, all-Boston cast) has raved about how incredibly how much, how much the show affected them and blew their minds away.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a new video I made about it:
(Did I mention that my good friend Jeff Marcus AKA “Calvin Elder” AKA Avenger from True Believers is in the show as well? Sorry, no spandex this time)