The TownS PROJECT
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Middletown by Will Eno
Director Peter Flynn
The Towns Project is a theatrical exploration of the evolution of race, bias, and community in America over the past 100 years. Using Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Will Eno’s Middletown, two plays set 100 years apart - one inspired by the other - a multicultural cast performs each play to illuminate and investigate where language and relatedness bolster community or encourage prejudice.The evolution of race and community is explored by a mixed race company using Wilder’s script in its original form. How do we listen differently when the the Webbs and Gibbs are multicultural families? How do we listen differently given our own life experience: what do we take for granted, what do we ignore? Gender bias, sexual discrimination, religious intolerance - have they always been in the fabric of our nation’s growth? Will Eno’s Middletown answers Wilder’s play presenting a similar community but with more overt tensions. How do we grapple with police brutality, unconscious intolerance, and family dysfunction ignored by community? Does the digital age exacerbate prejudice or relieve it? When presented with images instead of words, to which do we respond more and how does this affect our self-expression, relatedness, and ultimately our community?
The Towns Project is being developed with an intention to connect the work to the community it inhabits, and to generate conversation specific to the dynamics of that particular city--and in pursuit of a genuine dialogue between the art and the audience.
MAC is producing a workshop to further develop the production in preparation for future engagements.
October 18, 2015 reading
Jill Abramovitz Mrs. Gibbs / Female Tourist, Woman in Intermission, & Attendant 2
Andrea Bianchi Mrs. Soames / Tour Guide, Aunt in Intermission, Attendant, & Classical Radio Host
Elissa Bonito Woman in Box / Cop’s Radio & Intercom
Caroline Clay Stage Manager / Librarian
Hudson Flynn Wally Webb
Erik Heger Joe & Si Crowell / John Dodge
Tyrone Henderson Howie Newsome & Sam Craig / Male Tourist, Freelancer in Intermission, Science Radio Host
Nike Kadri Emily / Sweetheart & Female Doctor
Jaygee Macapugay Mrs. Swanson in Middletown
Emerson McKindles Rebecca Gibbs
Gregory Ramos Mr. Webb / Mechanic
Godfrey Simmons Dr. Gibbs / Cop
Will Sturdivant Simon Stimson, Man in the Auditorium / Public Speaker, Greg, Male Doctor
Pearl Sun Mrs. Webb in Our Town
Wally Dunn Prof. Willard, Constable Warren, & Joe Stoddard / Man in Intermission & Landscaper
Tobias Wong George / Janitor & Ground Control