September 11, 2019 –
Eunice Theatre presents the iconic American play OUR TOWN from 10-12 September 2019. You are cordially invited to the opening of this Pulitzer Prize winning play that consists of three acts on Tuesday, 10 September at 19:00. There are TWO intervals and the play should finish by 21h15. A light supper will be served after the production in the Eunice Staff room.
The play was first produced on January 22, 1938 in New Jersey. The play is set in the actual theatre where the play is being performed. The Stage Manager introduces the play-within-a-play which is set in the fictional community of Grosvenor’s Corners. Wilder wrote this play when he was in his 30’s because he felt disillusioned with the theatre of his time:”I felt that something had gone wrong… I began to feel that the theatre was not only inadequate, it was evasive”. His response was to use a meta-theatrical style. OUR TOWN’s narrator, the Stage Manager,is completely aware of his relationship with the audience, leaving him free to break the fourth wall and address them directly. According to the script the play is performed with little scenery, no set and minimal props. The characters mime the objects with which they interact.
Wilder once said: “Our claim, our hope, our despair are in the mind – not in things, not in “scenery”. He called OUR TOWN his favourite out of all his works.
The director, Dr Niel van Niekerk, has added a musical element to this play as arranged by the talented Mr Anton Esterhuyse. He will be joined on stage by the crème of the Bloemfontein acting talent such as Mario Lategan as Mr Webb, Gertjan Holtzhausen as Dr Gibbs and Arno de Wet as one of the Stage Managers. About 40 of Eunice’s top acting talent will be seen on stage and they will be joined by 7 actors from our brother school, Grey College.
This production promises to be a special event on Bloemfontein’s Cultural Calender, and it is a rare occasion indeed to see a three act drama still performed in modern times, 81 years after it was performed for the first time.