Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Our Town’ kicks off CCM’s 2021-22 Play Series

CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Thornton Wilders’ heartwarming drama on Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2021

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) opens its 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Play Series with Thornton Wilders’ Our Town, running Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2021 with a preview performance on Wednesday, Sept. 29. An American classic, Our Town follows two Grover’s Corners families as they experience love, life and loss — reminding us of the universal experiences we all share as we move through the highs and lows of life.

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Our Town shares the story of two neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, in the fictional village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire between 1901 and 1930. Narrated by a “stage manager,” the production depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as they fall in love, marry and eventually die. The audience is introduced to the various characters, their relationships and the challenges that follow in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.”

The play is “an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life,” said Thornton. It builds into an exploration of the human experience, from trivial details to life-changing moments.

“Our lives are full of trivial details. Getting to work on time, what to cook for dinner, soccer practice, forgotten emails, phone data, haircuts,” says CCM Acting Professor Brant Russell, director of Our Town. “But if there is a more perfect time than right now to reflect upon the deep satisfaction that trivial details and brief interactions can provide, I don’t know what it is. When our lives are circumscribed by our collective duty to each other, and when many of the trivial details that characterize ‘normal life’ are taken away from us, we long for normalcy. When our world becomes only as large as a laptop screen, we long for the breadth of what we once considered routine. Restaurants, shopping, the theater.

Our Town deals in the right here, right now. Our Town is about us.”

Brant Russell

The 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Our Town on Sept. 29 (preview)- Oct. 3, 2021, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.


Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

“Our Town” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

  • Brant Russell, director
  • Carol Brammer, assistant director
  • Karl Meyers*, music director
  • Sara Sonnier*, production stage manager
  • Tom Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Paige Baumann*, lighting designer
  • Maria Ortiz Lopez*, costume designer
  • Madison McKenzie Weber*, wig and make-up designer
  • Aaron Woodstein*, sound designer
  • Sarah Summerwell, dialect and vocal coach
  • L. Lucia Duque, movement director
  • Joy Lanceta Coronel, cultural dramaturg

* CCM Student

  • Neuma Joy as Stage Manager
  • Eli Lucas as George Gibbs
  • Julianna Weis-Palacios as Emily Webb
  • Dustin Parsons as Doc Gibbs
  • Emma Fitzgerald as Julia Gibbs
  • Chloe Hill as Rebecca Gibbs
  • Charles Gidney as Charles Webb
  • Lydia Robinson as Myrtle Webb
  • Lily Olsen as Wally Webb
  • Gabriel Nasato as Constable Warren
  • Ava Duvall as Mrs. Soames
  • Ben Sherman as Joe Stoddard
  • Cyrus Fontenot as Sam Craig
  • Austin James Cleri as Simon Stimson
  • Nathan Flesh as Joe Crowell Jr./Sir Crowell
  • Zoe Peterson as Professor Willard
  • Galen Arnett as Howie Newsome
  • Luke Danni, ensemble
  • Sydni Solomon, ensemble
  • Nora Kovasckitz, ensemble
  • Chorus: Lucy Acuna, Amanda Bishop, Stanislav Przedlacki, Kristen Das, Cynsere Stevens, Jett Blackorby, Maddie Osment, Nate Jones, Makayla Shipe, Matthew Danforth

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 (preview) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3

Location

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $32.50; preview performance ticket prices start at $15.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


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Jaime Sharp

CCM Graduate Assistant, Marketing + Communications

Jaime Sharp is a master's student studying Vocal Performance at CCM. She serves as the Vice President of the CCM Graduate Student Association and Student Liaison for the CCM DEI Committee. Jaime holds a bachelor's from the University of Michigan.