Our Town

Feature

Saturday, May 28, 2005

The popular imagination associates Compton, California with gang violence and gangsta rap, but a few years ago, a high school there staged a production of Our Town, Thornton Wilder's play set in a New England village in 1904. It's a drama-class chestnut that people tend to think of as wistful Americana, even though the entire third act is told from the perspective of the dead. Eric Molinsky has the story of the students in Compton who discovered that Our Town was their town.

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Eric Molinsky

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