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Samuel French, one of the major playscript publishers in the nation, is releasing a new acting edition of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town featuring some scenes translated into Spanish and Creole pioneered by Miami New Drama’s 2017 production.
Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching production that underscores the values of community in a time when our country seems as divided as it has ever been.
With genuine uncertainty of how successfully it will play, Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann keeps calling his unique undertaking “an experiment.”
He’s mounting Our Town with one little twist: In his turn-of-the-century New Hampshire village of Grovers Corners, some families speak English, some speak Spanish, some speak Creole.
For such a seemingly simple play, Our Town requires the audience to generously invest their attention and imagination. Thornton Wilder’s classic only works when its visitors travel more than halfway there. But for those willing to make that journey, the gossamer delicate play can vibrate the heartstrings and the synapses.