University Theatre Presents "Our Town" March 14-17

Olin Blackmore, Michael Johnson and Kailea Saplan star in Pacific University's rendition of Our Town.

Thornton Wilder's play about life in New England at the beginning of 20th Century. Directed by student Gavin Knittle.

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Pacific University Theatre presents Thornton Wilder's Our Town as its spring production March 14-17 in the Tom Miles Theatre (Warner Hall - 2115 Pacific Ave.).

Evening performances take place Thursday through Saturday and begin at 7:30 p.m.

A 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 17 concludes the four-day run. 

General admission is $7. Senior citizens 65 and better, and Pacific students, faculty and staff are admitted for $5.

Set in a small New England community at the beginning of the 20th century, Our Town follows the day-to-day lives of ordinary people who become extraordinary.

Three acts encompass the deep elements of human experience, from childhood to love, to marriage and, ultimately, death.

Wilder's work demonstrates how precious every moment is. He guides us through the town of Grover’s Corners, another time and place that, with all its human details and intimacy, could so easily be our own. 

“This play has lifetimes thrown into it,” student director Gavin Knittle said.

Knittle, a senior double major in Theatre and Music with a minor in Literature, added that the play brings every vital second to the surface.

“Humans often do not consider the value of time,” he said. "We don’t slow down and look at what we have until it’s too late."

Every element of Knittle’s production has a temporal foundation—from the set design rich with motifs of clocks and gears, to the cast of actors now well-trained to pick up on any textual reference to time.

Knittle, whose directing credits at include The Vagina Monologues and numerous student productions, acknowledged the unsettling nature of his subject.

"We have absolutely no control over time," he added. "If the audience takes one thing away from this production, I hope it is a sense of awareness of moments they didn’t notice before. Every, every moment matters.” 

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Mar 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Mar 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

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