We will be producing the 75th anniversary production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Our Town at the King's Head Theatre from 26 June to 20 July 2013.
Our Town is Wilder’s best known and loved play. Set in the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners, it recounts the story of an average town's citizens through their everyday lives. And in a move that was truly groundbreaking when the play premiered, it is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of any props, conjuring up a complete world through just a handful of chairs and ladders.
Winning the 1938 Pulitzer Prize, this seminal American play has been performed somewhere in the United States every day since. This new London production is directed by Tim Sullivan, following his acclaimed double-bill of two classic Thornton Wilder one-acts, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden and The Long Christmas Dinner at the King’s Head Theatre last December. He directed an earlier version of Our Town in 2012. That led to an offer to re-stage it at the King’s Head Theatre in 2013 and the endorsement of the Thornton Wilder estate, who have chosen this new production to be a part of its 75th anniversary celebration alongside high- profile American regional theatres including Ford's Theatre in Washington, the Huntington Theatre in Boston, and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville.
In order to make this project a reality, we must raise £10,000 to ensure we can fund this exciting opportunity and to carry us into our next season. It is certainly a small amount compared with any production on London’s West End, our peers in Off-West End venues, or On/Off-Broadway, but for us it is a daunting figure. With these funds, we will be able to pay our actors an Equity minimum wage for the performances, conduct the extensive marketing campaign required to maximize our success, as well as cover the cost of our rehearsal space and other production expenses. In addition, with these funds and the revenue generated from ticket sales, we will be able to fund most of our 2013-2014 season.
As an unsubsidized company, we do not receive grants from the Government, therefore it is only through the generous contributions from friends like you that we can continue to commission new plays and present what are recognized to be some of the best productions in the London fringe. We hope we can count on you as every donation gets us one step closer to our goal.
Every £25, £100, £500 or more dollar donation goes directly to our production and our goal of producing great American plays in London. You can learn more about this production and our company via our website www.saviourtheatrecompany.com.