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Our Town Script Report

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Jasmine Yu October 30, 2009 Script Report Play Title: Our Town Playwright: Thornton Wilder Genre: Contemplative work concerning human experiences. There is no specific genre. Discuss the Plot: "Our Town" is a play about a small American town in the early 1900's. It is divided into 3 parts of human experience: Daily Life, Love/Marriage, and Death/Loss. Daily Life introduces the reader to the setting and characters within the play; it also sets the mood for the following two acts. The act begins with the Stage Manger, as the narrator, introducing the audience to the setting, Grover's Corner in New Hampshire, in 1901. Two families are also introduced, the Gibbs and the Webb. The act begins in early morning and ends at night, so the audience sees the daily activities of the town, activities such as breakfast, school, gossip, gardening, etc. ...read more.


* Act Three: Death/ Loss This act is about Emily's death and her realization that the living do not understand how beautiful and intense life is until they die and cannot experience it anymore. Emily meets the dead citizens of the town, which includes Mrs. Gibbs, Wally Webb, and Simon Stimson. Discuss the Theme: There are many themes in "Our Town". One of the themes is that everything changes, in due time. Our life is impermanent. Throughout the play as years pass we are reminded that nothing in life is permanent. At the beginning of each act the Stage Manager tells us that 3 years has past or 10 or something like that, they the Stage Manager tells us that not only has the numbers in the year have changed the surroundings have as well. For example, the population of Grover's Corner increases and horses are being used less and less due to the increased amount of cars. ...read more.


The makeup will also be simple and seems as though none is applied. Discuss any special lighting that would be needed: Lighting will be needed to focus on specific characters when they are talking, especially if it is the time of night. For example, when Emily and George are on the ladders talking about algebra there should be spot lights focused on Emily and George while on the ladders to emphasize the fact that they are having a conversation and that this conversation is foreshadowing their love for each other that will lead to marriage. Should we consider producing this play? Why? Why not? Yes, we should consider producing this play because it does not require a lot of setting or props, so we do not need to think too much about the play in those cases. The message is very deep and meaningful. Every member of the audience will somewhat relate their own lives to it as well. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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