Our Town uses Green-Wood as its stage
Our Town uses Green-Wood as its stage
Rachel B. Joyce entered into character as she sat in the front seat of the shuttle taking us from the front gate of Green-Wood to the Currier monument. Introducing Our Town, Thornton Wilder's ode to small town life, love and death. Joyce transports us to the hill across from the famous printmaker, transformed into a stage created for a unique outdoor performance, using mausoleums as the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. On a night with a full moon, the setting for the final dress rehearsal was perfect.
As the characters talk of the beautiful moonlight coming through the windows of their homes, the hills of Green-Wood felt like the perfect theatre space. And the performers graced the grass, monuments and mausoleums, using the elegant and majestic setting to its fullest. Using the natural light from the setting sun, the actors bring the end of the first day just as the light disappears from the sky. The stage lighting adds a strong ephemeral feeling to the later acts.
Directed by James Presson, Our Town tells the story of Emily Webb and George Gibbs of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a small New England town at the turn of the twentieth century. But the lessons of Grover’s Corners stretch far beyond the sleepy town, as the play explores the universal human experiences of life, love, marriage, death and dying. And while the play stays true to universal themes of Wilder’s world-renowned work, Green-Wood’s Our Town is distinctly Brooklyn – the cast is diverse, the music is modern, and the vibe is decidedly urban.
Presson is a graduate of the theatre programs at Fordham University and Moscow Art Theatre and he serves as the co-Artistic Director of Less Than Rent Theatre, a position he has held since its founding in 2001. He is also the recipient of the 2013/2014 Dramatists Guild Fellowship for the book of his musical, Outlaws.
Our Town stars Cory Asinofsky, Mayaa Boateng, Amanda Brooklyn, Ben Diserens, Zoe Farmingdale, Patrick Fleury, Joe Flynn, Yadin Goldman, Rachel B. Joyce, Kumiko Konishi, Roland Lane, Ashley Lanyon, and Jacob Presson.
Original music and arrangements by Brendan Fox. Scenic Design by Daniel Geggatt. Costume Design by Sara Donovan. Lighting Design by Jonathan Cottle. Sound Design by Lee Kinney. Puppet Design By AJ Cote.
Want more? Stay up late on the weekends for the Our Town AFTER PARTY. Surrounded by gravesites and night skies, you’ll mingle with the director and the actors of Our Town. The After Party is for all ticketholders of 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and includes a cash bar.
And for the true night owl – take in one of our MIDNIGHT SHOWS every Saturday. Arrive at 11:30pm under the cloak of darkness for this special performance. And before it begins, we’ll set the mood by traveling deep into the heart of Green-Wood for a tour of the Catacombs, an historic in-ground vault usually off-limits to the public.
Wednesdays – Saturdays
June 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30pm.
Saturday Midnight Shows
June 14, 21, 28
Doors open at 11:00pm. Show begins at 11:30pm.
Advance tickets: $30*; At the door: $35*; Midnight shows: $40*; Order tickets by visiting green-wood.com
*$5 discount for attendees under 25 and members of Green-Wood or the Brooklyn Historical Society
- This show is appropriate for ages 10 and up.
- No outside alcohol or food is permitted in the cemetery.
- Please arrive at Green-Wood’s main entrance (25th Street and 5th Avenue) at the specified time for your show.
- Ticketholders will walk or use the Green-Wood trolley to travel to the show location.
- Chairs and benches are provided and all tickets are General Admission tickets.
- The performance is 120 minutes, with one intermission.
- Flash photography is not permitted during the performance.