Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Iconic American Classic ‘Our Town’ Feb. 27-March 1, March 5-7

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Thornton Wilder’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning American play “Our Town,” a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.

Shows will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-Feb. 29, March 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

“It has been hailed by many as ‘the greatest American play ever written,’” said Josh Machamer, director and chair of the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department.

Through three acts titled “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity,” this unique reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s classic story is a remarkably universal, yet personal portrait of our collective humanity, Machamer said. It’s an American tale about family, friendship, love, death and a life worth living.

“Our Town” will take the audience through a literal, as well as figurative, journey — the three acts of the play will be staged in various areas and configurations within the Spanos Theater. Audience members should be prepared to sit on benches, briefly stand outside, and traverse from the lobby to backstage. Those attending who might need accommodations are asked to contact the department in advance at 805-756-1465.

The show features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including Laina Babb, costume shop manager; Thomas J. Bernard, costume designer; Clint Bryson, technical director; and Brian Healy, scenic and lighting designer. In addition, many students from a variety of others majors at Cal Poly are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

The performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

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About the Cal Poly Theatre Program
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Program at Cal Poly is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theatre. By providing academic instruction, hands-on activities and supervised training, majors will develop knowledge of the various aspects of theatre: history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, design and administrative practices. The program is delivered within a liberal arts framework, intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study; designed to not only produce theatre artists with strong written and verbal skills, but also globally-minded citizens, prepared to enter into a variety of fields. The producing of plays by the Theatre and Dance Department is seen as our artistic, academic and civic responsibility; to present the reflection of experiences both lived and imagined — coming together and actively engaging in the idea that theatre is a story that communities tell about themselves.

Contact: Josh Machamer

January 27, 2020

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