Our Kids

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Our Kids

This is the third in a series of blog posts about “Our Town,” by Brian Michael Riley.

Rounding up the two youngest cast members of Our Town took some doing. Getting them to share their nervous excitement over their fast approaching opening night was a piece of cake. I’m always thrilled to see kids sharing the stage with us old fogies in community theatre – it so often livens the place up. Having young ones around during rehearsals and shows lends ...

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This is the second in a series of blog posts about “Our Town,” by Brian Michael Riley.

Visiting the cast and crew of the Powerhouse Players’ Our Town for the first time I find them in the midst of Act One. Tonight is the first time the gang is giving it a go off book. I consider this phase of the process a freefall. It is at this point when the actors are finally connecting to one another eye to eye. ...

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Her Town

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Her Town

This interview with “Our Town” Director Julie Bell Petrak is the first in a series of Blog posts written by Brian Michael Riley

This space is very familiar to me, the intimate theater where I am preparing to interview the director of Town Players of New Canaan’s upcoming Our Town. Julie and I had just recently worked on Of Mice and Men together here at The Powerhouse. She directed me in what I feel was my best character-work yet – Lennie ...

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New Canaan is Our Town

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New Canaan is Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s characters could have lived anywhere, in any era. Any town could be Our Town. The story has universal appeal wherever performed.

Still, we think New Canaan is an ideal place to perform the play. We’re struck with how similar New Canaan in 1902 must have been to the fictional New England town of Grover’s Corners, particularly the architecture.

To confirm this, we asked photographer Mike Guthman to find images that evoke the historic, small town New England, setting of the ...

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