NIU Theater to present ‘Our Town’

DeKALB – 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.

The play follows two young lovers as they meet, thrive and live together amongst good and bad times, celebrating everything that life throws their way.

The show opens today and runs through Sunday at the Holmes Student Center in the Diversions Lounge, 340 Carroll Ave. in DeKalb.

First performed amid aftershocks of the Great Depression and running throughout the years prior to World War II, “Our Town” warms the hearts of audiences who need a reminder of what American life and love manifests into. Thornton Wilder explores the day-to-day of living not shown on the news, and characterizes the strength and tenacity that defines what it truly means to be human.

“Something as simple as love can be so special when people feel it and don’t know they’re being watched,” actress Catherine Gillespie, who plays Myrtle Webb, said in a news release.

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, “Our Town” represents how one goes through life ... and how we can take it for granted,” Jordan Vulich, who plays Howie Newsome, said in the release.

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

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost $7. For tickets or information, call the box office at 815-753-1600 or visit

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