Historic Green-Wood Cemetery will be transformed into Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century, as it becomes an urban and bold outdoor stage for a new production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Located on 478 park-like acres in the heart of Brooklyn, Green-Wood was founded in 1838.
Heading the production team are award-winning director and playwright James Presson, founder of Less Than Rent Theatre and a 2013/2014 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and Nora McNally (24 Hour Plays on Broadway and executive director of Less Than Rent Theatre). The show is being presented in partnership with the Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Set against the backdrop of Green-Wood’s rolling hills, early summer blooms and 19th-century monuments, this new production of Wilder’s timeless three-act play will explore the universal human experience of life, love, marriage, death and dying while incorporating the Cemetery’s natural beauty and idiosyncrasies into its staging.
The production will have original music and choral arrangements by acclaimed classical composer Brendan Fox. This cast of the show reflects Brooklyn today — a far cry from the Puritan New England town of the original production. And while the play stays true to the universal themes of Wilder’s world-renowned work, its presentation is distinctly urban, incorporating music that ranges from romantic to punk and from rock to folk – which promises to add a certain “Brooklyn” vibe to the show.
•Wednesdays – Saturdays (Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30pm) June 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28