Our Town•「わが町」Wrap Up

Nagoya Players presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town

(日本語は英語に続く) When we started pre-production for Our Town in 2019 I don’t think anyone on the team could have imagined it would take nearly three years to get it to stage. And while the past three years weren’t always easy, they weren’t bad either. There are so many stories behind the scenes that it’s impossible to recount them all. There are tales of love, hate and romance. Of heartbreak and loss. Frustration and anger. The difficulties were many and great, but all of them were overcome. There will never be another production like Our Town.

After three years of diligence and sacrifice we were finally able to perform for the public again and we couldn’t be prouder of this production. From the front line actors to the minor characters, everyone gave a stupendous effort. Joe Sichi’s vision for the show was both unique and resonant. The backstage crew worked hard to make sure everything went perfectly. And it all did. Our Town was a brilliant show. It was an excellent reminder of the power of performance and why we create theater. Our Town spoke to the audience in a way that was both deep and personal. I believe we all left Chikusa Playhouse with a deep sense of gratitude and respect. And relief;)

I really can’t explain how we as a team, the Cast & Crew, managed to remain so focused for such a long time. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it before. It has been a humbling yet inspiring undertaking. Nagoya Players is truly made up of a special and talented core of creatives, performers and administrators. Our Town presented several unprecedented challenges and through teamwork, determination and friendship we met each in turn and found success.

I’ve been racking my brain for a way to encapsulate all that Our Town was and is. For now, I’ll rely on the words of the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson to aid me:

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Experience, Essays: Second Series [1844]

– Shawn Mahler, Artistic Director Nagoya Players

Nagoya Players presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town









1844年 エッセイ 第2シリーズ

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