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Thornton Wilder American Classic ‘Our Town’ Up Next at Syracuse Stage
Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Robert Hupp and Managing Director Jill Anderson announced the next production in their 2022/2023 season, and it’s one for the ages. Thornton Wilder’s cherished and frequently produced play “Our Town” runs Wednesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 16, at Syracuse Stage in the Archbold Theatre. Hupp will direct the production.
Noted actor of stage, TV and film, Jim True-Frost will play the seminal role of the stage Manager in “Our Town.” Best known for his portrayal of Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski in the HBO series “The Wire,” True-Frost also starred as James Woodrow in “Treme” and as George Buxton in “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He’s appeared in such films as “Singles,” “The Hudsucker Proxy” and “Affliction,” and is a company member at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. True-Frost and his family are current residents of Syracuse.
An American masterpiece, “Our Town” is described by the Wilder as, “an attempt to find value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.” The playwright succeeded with this graceful and poetic play that reminds us to cherish every moment we’re together and to embrace the true wonder (and brevity) of being alive. Famous actors of stage and screen have taken on the challenging role of the stage manager, including Paul Newman, Spalding Gray, Henry Fonda and Helen Hunt.
Syracuse Stage Artistic Director and the Director Robert Hupp says, “’Our Town’ is among my favorite plays, and I am delighted to return to it here at Syracuse Stage. It is a play of eternal, aching beauty. And while its themes are transcendent, I believe it is important to shape our production in ways that speak to Central New York today. It’s intentional that of the 20 actors in our cast, 17 call Central New York home. Working together with our amazing design team, we look forward to bringing this timeless and timely classic to life for our audience.”
In addition to True-Frost, the cast features Michael Stewart Allen as Dr. Gibbs, Alberto Bonilla as Mr. Webb and Che Lyons as Mrs. Gibbs, and Christine Albright-Tufts as Mrs. Webb.
The ensemble cast is made up of Blake Segal, Michael Barbour, Ricky Pak, Danyon Davis, Whitney Pak, Lilli Komeruk, Derek Powell, Ahmanee Simmons, and Donovan Stanfield. The design team includes Jason Ardizzone, Tracy Dorman, lighting designer Yael Lubetzky, Michael Keck and Danyon Davis. Stuart Plymesser is stage manager.
Scenic designer Jason Ardizzone is an Emmy Award-winning set designer (NBC’s concert production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”) and is working on the set design for Adele’s Radio City concert event among other notable achievements. “Our Town” sound designer Michael Keck is also composing an original score for the Syracuse Stage production.
All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. while all matinee performances begin at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30 with discounts available for students and groups. Tickets can be purchased by visiting SyracuseStage.org, by calling 315.443.3275 or by visiting the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 820 E. Genesee St.
On Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, Syracuse Stage will host the “Our Town” Vendor Fair. Join community friends at this two-day event in the lobby before and after the show as artisans and small-business owners display products for sale ranging from jewelry to beauty products and decorative items to home goods. The fair is free, and all are welcome.
Pay-what-you-will performances are March 29-April 2 inclusive; prologue conversations, three pre-show discussions that take place one-hour before curtain time on April 2, April 8 and April 13; the post-show Sunday discussion will take place on Sunday, April 2, after the 7:30 performance. Syracuse Stage has its open-captioned performances scheduled for April 5 at 2:00 p.m. and April 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, as well as an audio-described performance on Saturday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Season support for Syracuse Stage is made possible by the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Advance Media New York and The Slutzker Family Foundation.