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Nov. 6-16: Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’

Mainstage season continues with quintessential story about an American town.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 10-26-2014

Mankato, Minn --The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present Thornton Wilder’s quintessential story about an American town, “Our Town,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-8 & 13-15, and 2 p.m. Nov. 15 & 16, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

A promotional video is available on YouTube.

Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry and, eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. Minnesota State Mankato previously presented “Our Town” in 1950 and 1993.

This production is directed by third-year MFA Directing candidate Matthew Caron, who previously has directed “A Plague of Angels,” “Sky Girls” and this season’s “A Piece of My Heart” in the Studio. He also directed “Boeing Boeing” in Highland Summer Theatre 2014.

The role of “Stage Manager” is played by Ben Stasny, a senior BFA Acting candidate from Roseville who was seen in the season opener, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” as Lumiere. Previous roles include Aldolpho in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Brother Timoteo in “The Mandrake” and Elle’s Dad in “Legally Blonde,” with each earning him a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nomination.  George Gibbs is played by Carter Allen, a senior BFA Acting candidate from Cedar Falls, IA. He received KCACTF Irene Ryan nominations as Thomas in “The Imaginary Invalid” and Phillip Lombard in “And Then There Were None.” Emily Webb is played by Sophie Jones, a junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Mankato who was seen earlier this season as a “Silly Girl” in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Last season she was Bishop in the Studio production of “Sky Girls.”

Individual tickets for “Our Town” are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $11 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased online at, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661. 

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