Theater: ANOTHER DAY’S BEGUN – EXLORING THORNTON WILDER’S “OUR TOWN” (Pasadena Playhouse)

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by Lamont Williams on February 21, 2021

in Books,Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual

A celebration of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play
and Howard Sherman’s new book

On March 11, 2021 at 6:30pm PT, Pasadena Playhouse presents the live streaming of Another Day’s Begun: Exploring Our Town on PlayhouseLive. Available on demand beginning March 12, this special event celebrates Our Town, the quintessential American play, with performances from previous cast members and a conversation with Jane Kaczmarek, who played the Stage Manager in the 2017 Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West production (see Stage and Cinema‘s review), and author Howard Sherman, author of the new book Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century (now available at Amazon). Watch for free at PlayhouseLIVE.

Jane Kaczmarek. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Kaczmarek and Sherman will guide you through the enduring legacy of Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece with excerpts performed by Kaczmarek herself, Youssef Kerkour, Keith Randolph Smith and Alexandria Wailes.

A work of startling originality when it debuted in 1938, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town evolved to be seen by some as a vintage slice of early 20th-century Americana, rather than being fully appreciated for its complex and eternal themes and its deceptively simple form. 80 years after it was written, more than 110 years after its actions take place, Our Town continues to assert itself as an essential play about how we must embrace and appreciate the value of life itself. Another Day’s Begun explains how this American classic has the power to inspire, heal and endure in the modern day, onstage and beyond.

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