September 13, 2005

McLeod Theater to present 'Our Town'

by Paula Davenport


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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- McLeod Theater kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with "Our Town" — Thornton Wilder's American classic — at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 2. A free 1:30 p.m. lecture before the matinee will explore elements of the play in greater detail.

The stage is in the Communications Building. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens and $6 for students.

For tickets call the McLeod Theater box office at 618/ 453-3001.

First produced in 1938, the Pulitzer-worthy "Our Town" is an American stage treasure and Wilder's most renowned and frequently performed play.

Set in the early 20th Century in Grover's Corners, N.H., it reveals fragments of small town folks' ordinary lives, unfolding in three acts: "Daily Life," " Love and Marriage" and "Life and Death."

The stage manager narrates the tale. Lori Merrill-Fink, associate professor of theater, is directing the show.

Enhancing cultural outreach activities is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.