The Thornton Wilder Society
The Thornton Wilder Society is dedicated to preserving and expanding the legacy of Thornton Wilder. The site features articles on selected Wilder works, a biography, and a large section on educational resources including a bibliography and a study guide for Our Town. The site also contains an electronic version of the Thornton Wilder Society newsletter and offers a list of upcoming events. Users can become a member of the society, join an email-based discussion group, and post messages on a bulletin board.
Thornton Wilder Papers
The collection of Thornton Wilder Papers at Yale University (in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale Collection of American Literature) documents Wilder's personal and literary life. The collection includes correspondence, writings, personal papers, printed material, photographs, memorabilia, and audio recordings. Archivist Diane J. Ducharme has created resources that include a brief timeline of Wilder's life and detailed descriptions of the papers.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival
The Utah Shakespearean Festival offers information about theatre people, places, and events. The site has archived past issues of the magazines Insights and Midsummer Magazine, educational study guides, souvenir, and other publications.
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NPR's On Point: Our Town
On Point, an hour-long live evening news program on public radio, featured an in-depth conversation on Our Town. Host Tom Ashbrook discussed how Our Town has become one of the most performed plays of the 20th century with guests Tappan Wilder (Thornton Wilder's nephew), Jackson Bryer (Professor of English at the University of Maryland and editor of Conversations with Thornton Wilder), and Liz Diamond (Chair of the Directing program at Yale School of Drama and resident at the Yale Repertory Theatre). Listen to the entire segment in RealAudio (available from the site.) Originally aired December 12, 2002.
NPR's Here and Now: Paul Newman in Our Town
Here and Now, a news magazine show airing on public radio, featured a segment on the Broadway revival of Our Town featuring Paul Newman. Here and Now intern Ashley Hahn discussed the production with the cast and director Jim Naughton. Listen to the entire segment in RealAudio (available from the site).
Wheaton College's Dramatic Association and Thornton Wilder's Our Town
Before Wheaton College's Dramatic Association performed Our Town in 1946, the association's president Dorothy Weber Trogdon, Class of 1947, wrote to Thornton Wilder asking him if he would consider playing the role of the Stage Manager. His letter in response to Dorothy's request (in which he politely declined) is published here. It does include his personal suggestions for directing the play.
Westport Country Playhouse
For the past seven decades, the Westport County Playhouse in Connecticut has produced theater that comprises a living textbook of 20th century American theater. In the summer of 2002, the Westport Country Playhouse produced Our Town starring Paul Newman, which went on to Broadway the following fall. The site features theater news, a history of the theater, and information on the current season.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater that presents over 200 performances of classic and new plays. Thornton Wilder appeared as the Stage Manager in a 1955 version of Our Town at the WTF. The Festival offers readings, workshops, and other special events; the site offers information on the current season and lists past productions.
OT: our town
Film Movement/OT: our town
Film Movement is an innovative subscription movie club that distributes often under-released films -- frequently award-winning independent, foreign and documentary films, and short films -- to members via DVD. OT: our town, distributed and available through Film Movement, is one such film.
Cinemaspeak.com: Interview with Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Catherine Borek
An interview with the director of OT: our town, Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Catherine Borek, the English teacher in Compton, California, whose mission to stage Our Town is chronicled in Kennedy's film. Cinemaspeak.com is a "website for film enthusiasts."
WNCY: Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Catherine Borek
Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy and English teacher Catherine Borek discuss OT: our town on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, New York's public radio. Listen to the entire interview in RealAudio.
KCRW: Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Catherine Borek
Scott Hamilton Kennedy discusses his film OT: our town on public radio's The Treatment, with New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell. Catherine Borek, the teacher featured in the film, joins in. Listen to the entire interview in RealAudio.
FilmStew.com: Making Our Town Their Town
In an article for FilmStew.com, Mark Umbach discusses with OT: our town's Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Catherine Borek about how the film came to be made, what it was like shooting, and how it was received by students featured in the film. FilmStew.com is a Web site that "consolidates resources for the international film and television production industry."
The Village Voice: Something Wilder
In a review of OT: our town for The Village Voice, Laura Sinagra writes that Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the film's director, focuses on the frustrations and bonds formed among the film's teen subjects while attempting to put on the school's first play in 20 years.
Blank, Martin, Ed. Critical Essays on Thornton Wilder. New York, New York: G.K. Hall, 1996.
Blank, Martin, Dalma Hunyadi Brunauer, David Garrett Izzo, Eds. Thornton Wilder: New Essays. West Cornwall, Connecticut: Locust Hill Press, 1999.
Bryer, Jackson R., Ed. Conversations with Thornton Wilder. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.
Burns, Edward with Joshua A. Gaylor, Eds. A Tour of the Darkling Plain: The Finnegans Wake Letters of Thornton Wilder and Adaline Glasheen. Dublin, Ireland: University College Dublin Press, 2001.
Burns, Edward and Ulla E. Dydo with William Rice, Eds. The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1996.
Castronovo, David. Thornton Wilder. New York, New York: Ungar, 1986.
Koster, Katie de. Readings on Thornton Wilder. San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 1998.
Goldstone, Richard Henry and Gary Anderson. An Annotated Bibliography of Works By and About Thornton Wilder. New York, New York: AMS Press, 1982.
Harrison, Gilbert A. The Enthusiast: A Life of Thornton Wilder. New Haven, Connecticut: Tickner & Fields, 1983.
Lifton, Paul. Vast Encyclopedia: The Theatre of Thornton Wilder. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1995.
Walsh, Claudette. Thornton Wilder: A Reference Guide, 1926-1990. New York, New York: G.K. Hall, 1993.
Haberman, Donald. Our Town: An American Play (Twayne's Masterwork Studies, No 28. Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers, 1989.
Siebold, Thomas, Ed. Readings on Our Town (The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to American Literature). San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 2000.
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town. New York, New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.
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