Thornton Wilder, before his Pulitzer Play Our Town: Two Miniature Masterpieces
October 14-16 & 21-23
There’s nothing like a family trip to shake up what you think you know.
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden
The four Kirbys take a road trip to Camden.
They share memories, mostly good ones.
They relish the now (hot dogs, signs, songs).
Tensions and joy rise and fall, like waves.
The Rivers Under the Earth
The Carters sit by a favorite lake, enjoying a summer night.
Memories of struggles and loves
bubble up, collide, and make new bubbles.
Stretch or break.
Nothing much happens.
Yet everything happens.
In an interview with Bob McCoy in 1974, Wilder said:
“[In these plays], I attempted to raise ordinary daily conversation between ordinary people to the level of universal human experience.”
Nobody does that better.
Like the Kirbys and Carters, we go on growing, becoming, connecting.
Come and watch the master at work.
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