Thornton Wilder classic, "Our Town" opens April 30 on Adams State Main Stage

(04-19-2010)

Thornton Wilder's classic play, "Our Town", continues to address the everyday lives and issues of the American family. Dr. Paul Newman directs the play on the Adams State College Main Stage, opening April 30.

The play calls for us to live fully. Newman, program director of the theatre, said, "In these days of tough economic times it has become more of a struggle to live for the moment." He said one reason he chose to produce the play is to remind us all of our similarities even while enduring a recession and today's political climate.

"I chose to balance the optimism of Wilder's play with its darker, elemental themes of loss and loneliness," Newman said. "I've added contemporary elements to the staging and acting styles of the play to keep it current and timely."

He is very pleased with the progress of the cast. "I have a lot of really good young actors."

Newman said the play includes a theme of patriotism and has collaborated with the San Luis Valley Blue Star Mothers Chapter to collect items for care packages throughout the run of the play. Donna Griego, who helped form the valley chapter of Blue Star Mothers, said non-perishables needed include pop-top canned soups, fruit, salsa, Spam, and Vienna Sausages; gum, nuts, hand sanitizer, magazine, beef jerky, tuna fish, sunflower seeds, sunscreen; and plastic containers of Jell-O, fruit, or pudding. Newman said a drop off box will be located next to the box office from April 19 through May 9.

"Our Town" opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, and continues on May 1, 6, 7 and 8, on the Main Stage; with 2 p.m. matinees on May 2 and 9. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 19, and can be reserved in person at the box office, or by calling 719-587-TIXX. Tickets are $9 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, $5 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

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By Linda Relyea