South Florida’s ‘Our Town’ adaptation feels more like Our Own Town

Stage Light

The classic drama, ‘Our Town’, Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece about life in a small town, is getting a South Florida update. The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach will showcase the multicultural rendition performed by the Miami New Drama (MiND) company.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, first staged in 1938, has remained true its original script – until now. Michel Hausmann, artistic director of MiND, won permission from the Wilder estate to alter the master script to better appeal to South Florida’s diverse audience. It is the first time they have authorized a change.

Hausmann wanted ‘Our Town’ to feel more like – our town, Miami.

The classic tale, which highlights two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs, will still focus on small-town life dynamics. In Hausmann’s interpretation, the Webbs speak Spanish and the Gibbs are a Creole-speaking family, although about 80% of the play is in English.

South Florida’s ‘Town’ is multicultural, multiracial, and multilingual.

‘Our Town’ runs tonight, October 26 – November 19 at the Colony Theatre, located at 1040 Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Additionally, Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $45-$65 ($100 on opening night). To order, call 800-211-1414 or go to ColonyMB.org.

 

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