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.
"I would call it comedy of manners with a bite,” Tappan Wilder said of his uncle’s play found in archives at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. “It’s a mystery as to how close he came to finishing it. The third act is not polished. The third act is in his handwriting.”
The "Nine City" legend has its roots in Thornton Wilder's classic novel, Theophilus North, which was first published in 1973. Lace up your best sneakers. You're going to be padding around nine parallel worlds that are layered within this coastal town of only about 26,000 people.