OUR TOWN: 75 Photos for 75 Years (Week 7)

by Samuel French

03/22/13 08:30

In honor of 75th anniversary of OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, Samuel French extended an invitation to theaters across the country to send us their photos from productions throughout the years. These photos have been graciously sent in from some of our theaters and feature productions dating back to the 1930s.

OUR TOWN is a play that has touched many lives since it first premiered 75 years ago. When we initially reached out to groups about our “75 Pictures for 75 Years” feature, we did not anticipate the overwhelming and, quite frankly, amazingly positive response that we received! The 75 photos that will be featured in this slideshow represent only a fraction of all of the amazing production photos that were sent to us.

These slideshows are just one exciting feature that is part of the yearlong celebration of this momentous year in the play's history. The very first photo was posted on February 4th - the official anniversary date - and, each day, one photo will be posted for 75 business days. By the end we hope to have a tapestry of images that illustrates the longevity and transcendence of the play's history.

Happy Anniversary, OUR TOWN!


  • Webster University

    Webster University

    The wedding of George and Emily in Act II of OUR TOWN, here portrayed by Adam King and Maggie Wetzel.


    OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
    Webster University
    Directed by Quin Gresham
    Photo by Eric Woolsey Photography

  • Stray Dog Theatre

    Stray Dog Theatre

    "In OUR TOWN, Thornton Wilder finds a timeless, universal connection between the commonplace and the cosmic that reaches far beyond the town's latitude and longitude. In this new century things haven't really changed all that much. The essence of life is still found in everyday moments. The lesson of Our Town to our cast and crew is to fully realize each and every moment we are given..."

    David K. Gibbs as the Stage Manager.


    OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
    Stray Dog Theatre
    Directed by Gary Bell
    Photography by John Lamb

  • University of South Carolina Lancaster

    University of South Carolina Lancaster

    "This production was produced in December 2009 where it was also honored with a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Recognition in Directing. I adore this play and we were able to move our audience to tears because Wilder's play find the complexity of humanity in the simplest of plots; love, loss, and life."

    Lindsey Bradley and Grant Baker as Emily and George.


    OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
    University of South Carolina Lancaster
    Photography by Marybeth Holloway

  • Liberty Christian School

    Liberty Christian School

    This production in Argyle, Texas featured Austin Mann as George Gibbs, Ross Earley as the Stage Manager, and Catherine Harrington as Emily Webb.


    OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
    Liberty Christian School
    Directed by Misty Baptiste

  • Chattanooga Theatre Centre

    Chattanooga Theatre Centre

    Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of OUR TOWN opened February 5th, 2010 with Joanna Miller Keeling as Emily, Kyle Dagnan as George, and Rob Inman as the Stage Manager.


    OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
    Chattanooga Theatre Centre
    Directed by Scott Dunlap
    Photography by Cansler Photography


OUR TOWN: 75 Photos for 75 Years is part of a yearlong celebration to commemorate the anniversary of Thornton Wilder's classic, OUR TOWN. Photos, videos, and articles about the play and the anniversary celebration are being highlighted in our catalogue through Facebook, Twitter and [Breaking Character]. To learn more about the 75th Anniversary visit the Thornton Wilder website.


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