Several admirers of the play spoke recently about why “The Skin of Our Teeth” endures, what makes it problematic and why this could be a ripe time for its resurgence. Here are edited excerpts from those interviews.
This past summer, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival produced Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN with a company of 3 professional actors and 36 citizen actors from towns dotted around the theatre’s performance-space home in Garrison, NY.
What makes Thornton Wilder such a hit with tweens and teens? Why did Wilder never marry? And what do Wilder and George Bernard Shaw share in common? Tappan Wilder spoke with director Molly Smith whose production of OUR TOWN, opens at The Shaw Festival this week.
As the playwright reminded fans over and over, Our Town is not about small town life but Life itself – “it’s about everywhere.” And “everywhere” would certainly seem to describe the rich diversity of the play’s sources, as well as the variety of locations where the playwright did his work.