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.
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.
The Bridge and Hiroshima
"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.
The Thornton Wilder Family recently received an exciting note from Abigail Sánchez, the dramaturg on a production of Thornton Wilder's Pullman Car Hiawatha which will open in March 2015 at Mexico City's Sergio Magaña Theater, directed by Alejandra Aguilar and Cristian José García.