Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire near Massachusetts. Our Town is a 1938 metatheatrical our town play pdf-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. Throughout, Wilder uses metatheatrical devices, setting the play in the actual theatre where it is being performed.
The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The play is performed without a set on a mostly bare stage.
With a few exceptions, the actors mime actions without the use of props. It later went on to success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It remains popular today and revivals are frequent. The Stage Manager introduces the audience to the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and the people living there as a morning begins in the year 1901.
Professor Willard speaks to the audience about the history of the town. Three years have passed, and George and Emily prepare to wed. The day is filled with stress. Howie Newsome is delivering milk in the pouring rain while Si Crowell, younger brother of Joe, laments how George’s baseball talents will be squandered.