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Evansville Theatre features Monroe talent in ‘Our Town’ production

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Performances at the Evansville High School Performing Art Centers

■ July 22: 7 p.m.

■ July 23: 7 p.m.

■ July 24: 2 p.m.

■ July 29: 7 p.m.

■ July 30: 7 p.m.

EVANSVILLE — The Evansville Community Theatre presents the American classic “Our Town” from July 22 to July 30 at the Evansville High School Performing Art Centers. Curtain time and dates for the performances are July 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and July 24 at 2 p.m.  

A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell the story of every town, the whole world over. 

Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, the story follows the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through 12 years of life changes — from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. 

Wilder insisted that his work be produced with a minimal set and allow the audience to follow the story through pantomime, limited set pieces, and the constant presence of the ‘stage manager’ who functions as the narrator throughout the play

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee called “Our Town”, “The greatest American play ever written.” Wilder (1897-1975) won one of his three Pulitzer Prizes for writing “Our Town”. He is the only American writer to earn Pulitzers for both Drama and Fiction. Wilder won a second Pulitzer in Drama for “The Skin of Our Teeth”. He earned his Pulitzer in Fiction for “The Bridge of San Luis Rey”.

The ensemble cast includes Luke Smetters (Monroe) as Stage Manager, Ally Buckets (Monroe) as Emily Webb, Aiya Islam (Verona) as George Gibbs, Michael Spevacek (Madison) as Dr. Gibbs, Holin Kennan (Evansville) as Mrs Gibbs, Layla Duvall (Monroe) as Rebecca Gibbs, Matt Pulda (Oregon) as Mr. Webb, Jewels Kind (Evansville) as Mrs. Webb, Ollie Schnepper (Evansville) as Wally Webb, Ike Leverton (Monroe) as Joe Crowell Jr., Tom Beaver (Evansville) as Howie Newsome, Tim Yanacheck (Oregon) as Professor Willard, Dave Sobeski (Evansville) as Simon Stimson, Jen Coppes (Monroe) as Mrs. Soames, Eric Easterhouse (Evansville) as Constable Warren, Josiah Leverton (Monroe) as Sam Craig and Joe Leverton (Monroe) as Joe Stoddard.  

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.