Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 23, 2005

Whitworth's Fall Theatre Production, "Our Town," Links Past and Present

The Whitworth Theatre Department will present its fall production, "Our Town," on Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is $5. For tickets or more information, please call (509) 777-3707. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Seats are assigned.

Directed by Adjunct Theatre Instructor Brooke Kiener, "Our Town," written by Thornton Wilder, is set in a fictional New Hampshire town and follows the lives of two families over more than a decade. The show premiered in 1938 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, and won the Pulitzer Prize later that year. Over the decades, the play has become a classic in American drama.

When the play was first written and performed, America was experiencing the aftershocks of the Great Depression and living under the impending shadow of World War II. Although uncertain times and fear characterized the time period, Wilder focuses the play on the facets of the human experience which testify to the strength and endurance of the human spirit.

"We find that the vice and virtue of a century ago isn't so different from that in our modern communities, and that the simple events of human life contain a rich tapestry of universal truths," Kiener says.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Brooke Kiener, adjunct instructor of theatre, Whitworth College, bkiener@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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