(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company announces that its 2012-2013 Season will include MacArthur "Genius" David Cromer's groundbreaking new production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic Our Town December 7, 2012 — January 13, 2013. Cromer will direct and play the Stage Manager, a role he previously performed in the Chicago and Off Broadway productions.
Because of the exceptionally intimate nature of Cromer's production, the Huntington will present the show in the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Our Town will be the Huntington's first production in the 200-seat black box opening the Calderwood Pavilion in 2004.
Cromer's revolutionary staging received critical and audience raves, earned him a 2009 Obie Award for directing, and garnered the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival and Direction. Playing for more than 600 performances at the Barrow Street Theatre after acclaimed runs by The Hypocrites in Chicago, the production became the longest running in Our Town's history. Renowned for its transparent stagecraft, sensory experience, and the audience's proximity to the actors, the production has been universally recognized for being revelatory yet faithful. A celebrated remounting of the production featuring Helen Hunt as the Stage Manager is currently playing to sold-out houses at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles.
David Cromer, director
The New York Times called Cromer's production, "emotionally transcendent!"The Wall Street Journal called it, "arrestingly original," and said, "Cromer's rethinking of Thornton Wilder's masterpiece is a landmark! I don't use the word 'genius' casually, but Mr. Cromer may fill the bill. I don't know a more gifted stage director." Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune said, "David Cromer's brilliantly revisionist and astounding new production of Our Town is his masterwork to date. In the jaw-dropping third act I found myself speaking the words, 'Oh, my God,' to no one. Cancel whatever you're doing tonight and go see this show."
"I'm thrilled that the Huntington's first production in the Roberts will be David's landmark production of this iconic play," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "Wilder's play mines the depths of our relationship to home and community, and so I find it fitting and deeply satisfying that in addition to directing and reprising his role as the Stage Manager, David will be engaging a company of actors comprised of Boston's best talent alongside company members from his original Barrow Street production."
Because of the extreme limited seating availability, tickets to Our Town will at first be available only to Huntington subscribers. Additional titles in the Huntington's 2012-2013 Season will be announced in the coming months, and seated subscriptions will go on sale in March.
ABOUT OUR TOWN
In 1901 Grover's Corners, New Hampshire (just over the Massachusetts border), teenagers George and Emily fall in love, marry, and live out their lives. Our Town's small New England town becomes a microcosm of every day life in Thornton Wilder's beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.
Our Town is the most produced play in the United States. It is believed that a production is playing somewhere each day of the year. 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of Our Town, which premiered at Princeton's McCarter Theatre on January 22, 1938 and began performances at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on January 25 before debuting in New York on February 4.
- Stephen Dobay, Scenic and Properties Design (Holy Crap at LaMama)
- Alison Siple, Costume Design (Mr. Ricky Calls a Meeting at Lookinglass Theatre Company)
- Heather Gilbert, Lighting Design (A Streetcar Named Desire at Writers Theatre)
- Jonathan Mastro, Original Music and Music Direction
ABOUT DAVID CROMER
David Cromer (director) has Broadway credits that include The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off Broadway credits include Our Town and Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), and When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater). Chicago credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic, Booth, and Oscar Remembered (Writers Theatre), The Hot I Baltimore and Mojo (Mary-Arrchie Theatre), Come Back, Little Sheba (Shatter Globe), The Cider House Rules (Famous Door), and Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 (The Journeymen). For his work as a director, Mr. Cromer has received two Obie Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, four Joseph Jefferson Awards, and a 2010 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.
ABOUT THORNTON WILDER
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. He received Pulitzer Prizes for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Ray (1928) and his plays Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play The Matchmaker was adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly! He also wrote the Sscreenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. Three volumes of his letters have been published since his death, including The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder. Mr. Wilder's many honors include the National Book Award, the Gold Medal for Fiction, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature. In 1997, US Postal Service released a stamp in his honor. In 2008, Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey were selected as a joint choice for the NEA's "Big Read" program. thorntonwilder.com.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.