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‘Our Town’ Defines What It Means to Be Human

November 2nd, 2017

Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s latest production of Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder, is a timeless retelling of the lives of the townspeople in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and defines what it truly means to be human.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Holmes Student Center in the Diversions Lounge, 340 Carroll Ave. in DeKalb.

Two young lovers meet, thrive and live together in good and bad times, celebrating everything that life throws their way. First performed amidst aftershocks of the Great Depression and running throughout the years prior to World War II, Our Town warms the hearts of audiences. Thornton Wilder explores the day-to-day lives not shown on the news and characterizes the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.

“Something as simple as love can be so special when people feel it and don’t know they’re being watched,” says actress Catherine Gillespie, who plays Myrtle Webb. Simplicity is the name of the game in Our Town, but it does not mean that the show is to be taken for granted.

“Whether it be through everyday life or very important events in our life,” Jordan Vulich, who plays Howie Newsome, explains, “Our Town represents how one goes through life … and how we can take it for granted.”

“It is my feeling that the connections throughout the years add to the emotional progression of the play,” said Ken Miller, whose role is the first narrator in the play.

Much of the show’s depth comes from the lives of the people in it and not the drama that is typically used as a tool on the stage.

“Expect to want to call your mom after the show and see how she is,” jokes Leah Harvey, who plays Emily.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $7. Reservations or additional information is available by contacting the NIU School of Theat and Dance box office at 815-753-1600 or online at the School of Theatre and Dance website at