Our Town Curtain Calls

Name: Marianna Bassham
Role: Mrs. Soames
Most recent Huntington role: Patty Ann Donovan, The Luck of the Irish
Hometown: Kent, OH
Current town: Cambridge, MA 

What is your favorite place/thing in your town: An Emperor Bowl and a Superhero Alive juice at Life Alive in Central Square.

What is your favorite thing about the Boston area: The drive from downtown to my house along the Charles at sunset.

Have you ever been in or seen Our Town?  What do you remember about the experience? A few years ago I saw Mr. Cromer's production at Barrow Street Theatre with Michael McKean as the Stage Manager. At the curtain call, a fella in the audience brought his girlfriend onstage and proposed to her (she said yes).

Are you a city person or a small town person? I’m a small town person. I like to hear the birds in the morning and the bugs at night.


Name: Stacy Fischer
Role: Mrs. Webb
Most recent Huntington role: Katya, A Month in the Country
Hometown:  I’m an Air Force brat and moved around a lot, but I consider Spencetown, NY my hometown. It’s where my parents grew up and own property, and many of my relatives live there.
Current town: Cambridge, MA 

What is your favorite place/thing in your town: The tree lined streets in my neighborhood, the activity of Harvard Square, and the beauty of the Charles River.

What is your favorite thing about the Boston area: The architecture, the history, and the proximity to Cape Cod.

Have you ever been in or seen Our Town?  What do you remember about the experience? Amazingly, I have never seen or been in a production. I’ve only ever done scenes from the show for various scene study classes and showcases. I remember the innocence of it – pure and sweet.

Are you a city person or a small town person? I believe I’m a small town person at heart, even though my career keeps me living the city life. 


Name: Melinda Lopez
Most recent Huntington role: Demeter, Persephone
Role: Mrs. Gibbs
Hometown: Bedford, MA
Current town: Bedford, MA

What is your favorite place/thing in your town: The bike path, my mother’s kitchen, and my garden.

 What is your favorite thing about the Boston area: The MFA, and mountains and the beach being close by – I lived for a few years in Minneapolis and couldn’t get used to being so far from both. I love being near world-class theatre, museums, and food. I also love Storrow drive – it’s like the driving Olympics – I can do it blindfolded. Yeah, that was me.

 Have you ever been in or seen Our Town?  What do you remember about the experience? Never seen it, never been in it.

 Are you a city person or a small town person? Hmm…aren’t cities just big small towns?


Name: Dale Place
Role: Joe Stoddard
Most recent Huntington role: Salesman, Ah Wilderness!
Hometown: Cheboygan, MI
Current town: Davis Square, Somerville, MA

What is your favorite place/thing in your town: Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square. 

What is your favorite thing about the Boston area:  The variety of music, theatre, and art that's available thanks, in part, to its standing as an education mecca. Also, that one is actually able to make a living in the arts around here. 

Have you ever been in or seen Our Town?  What do you remember about the experience?  This past summer, I played the Stage Manager in Our Town for The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH.  I've also played Mr. Webb three times.  I'm a sucker for this play. It always hits me hard. This time I find myself thinking about the enormous impact of simple human moments.

Are you a city person or a small town person? I grew up in a small town, but I'm a city guy now.


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