Our Town on Broadway


Starring: Paul Newman

Directed by James Naughton

 On Broadway at the
 Booth Theatre, 45th Street,
closed January 26th, 2003.

Produced by: 
Westport Country Playhouse

more photos on their site.


The play was filmed for Showtime and PBS

Showtime is airing in May and June.

Current plans are to show it on PBS around Thanksgiving.


Our Town

who's who

JAYNE ATKINSON (Mrs. Gibbs). Broadway: The Rainmaker, Roundabout Theatre Company (Tony nomination); Ivanov, Lincoln Center Theater revival; All My Sons. Off-Broadway: How I Learned to Drive; Why We Have a Body; The Art of Success; Way of the World; Henry VIII, Shakespeare in the Park; The Skriker (Drama Desk Award nomination); The Vagina Monologues. Regional: Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage & Film and the Old Globe. Film and TV: Free Willy, Free Willy 2, Blank Check, "A Year in the Life," "Parenthood," "Under Suspicion," "The Practice," "The X-Files," "The Education of Max Bickford," "Law & Order. 

WENDY BARRIE-WILSON (Woman in the Auditorium, Ensemble). Broadway: All My Sons starring Richard Kiley. Nearly 90 plays, including Yelena/Uncle Vanya (Hal Holbrook), Great Lakes Theatre; Stella/A Streetcar Named Desire (Chris Walken, James Naughton, Blythe Danner) at Williamstown; Alliance Theatre; Denver Center; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Huntington Theatre; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; NYS&F; Women's Project; among many others. Twenty years of TV, film, voiceovers and many commercials.

REATHEL BEAN (Man in the Auditorium, Ensemble). Broadway: Inherit the Wind, Big River, Baby, Doonesbury. Off-Broadway includes Avow, Smoke on the Mountain, Hunting Cockroaches, A Cheever Evening. Regional includes McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, George Street Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Film: Dancer in the Dark, Box of Moonlight, Almost Famous, Company Man, Apology, Brenda Starr, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Going in Style. TV: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Ed," "Spin City," "Third Watch.

JOHN BRADEN (Professor Willard). B'way: Ah Wilderness!, The Changing Room, National Health (American premiere), Little Foxes dir/Mike Nichols. Lincoln Center: St. Joan, Cyrano, Tiger at the Gates. Toronto: Sunset Blvd. w/Diahann Carroll. Off-B'way: Stars in Your Eyes, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Club Champion's Widow w/Maureen Stapleton, Wayside Motor Inn, A View From the Bridge, The Balcony, Building Blocks (Best Male Actor, Show Biz magazine), Uncle Vanya. Regional: Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf (15 productions), Williamstown (seven seasons), O'Neill Playwrights Conf. (seven seasons), McCarter Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Stamford Theatre Works. Film & TV: Bananas, The Producers, Over the Top, Anderson Tapes, "Terrorist on Trial," "Law & Order," "Golden Girls," "Night Court," "Another World." Graduate, Carnegie Mellon, Fulbright Scholar (RADA, London).

TOM BRENNAN (Joe Stoddard). B'way: Dimitri Weisman in Follies, Our Town at the Lyceum, Play Memory directed by Hal Prince, four shows with Circle in the Square. Off-B'way: Diary of Anne Frank with the Wallachs, Are You Now, three seasons with Mirror Rep, also Circle Rep and Henry Street. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, 23 seasons including shows directed by Ms. Woodward and Mr. Naughton; NJ Shakespeare; Falstaff for Yale Rep; Meshugah at Trinity Rep. TV: "Lincoln" with Mary Tyler Moore, "JFK" with Martin Sheen, "Law & Order," "Oz." Film: Fatal Attraction, Strata.

KIERAN CAMPION (Baseball Player, Ensemble) is making his Broadway debut in Our Town. Off-Broadway: House/Garden (MTC), Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center), World of Mirth. TV: "The Sopranos," "Ed," "Madigan Men," "Guiding Light.

FRANK CONVERSE (Dr. Gibbs). Broadway: Philadelphia Story (Lincoln Center); A Streetcar Named Desire, Design for Living (both Circle in the Square); Brothers; First One Asleep; Whistle. Off-Broadway: House of Blue Leaves (original company), Ancestral Voices, Thief River. Regional theatre (partial): At Westport Country Playhouse: Our Town, Real Estate, Later Life, Camping with Henry & Tom, Ancestral Voices; at Long Wharf: The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, The Crucible, Misalliance; at Huntington: Fair Country; at Coconut Grove: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and Jeffrey Hatcher's Mercy of a Storm at Pittsburgh City. Films: Hour of the Gun, Hurry Sundown, The Pilot. TV (partial): "Coronet Blue," "NYPD," "Movin' On," "Anne of Green Gables," "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd," "Guests of the Nation," and recent guest on "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

JANE CURTIN (Mrs. Webb). Broadway: Noises Off, Candida. Off-Broadway: Pretzels (starred and co-wrote), Love Letters. National tour: Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Film: Antz (voice), Coneheads, O.C. & Stiggs, How to Beat the High Cost of Living, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video. TV movies: "Catch a Falling Star," Tad," "Common Ground" (miniseries), "Maybe Baby," American Playhouse "Suspicion," "Divorce Wars: A Love Story." TV series: "3rd Rock From the Sun" (three SAG Award nominations, Best Ensemble Cast/Comedy; Golden Satellite Award, Best Lead Actress/Comedy-Musical), "Working It Out," "Kate & Allie" (two Emmy Awards, Lead Actress, Comedy Series), "Saturday Night Live" (Emmy nomination, Supporting Actress/Variety or Musical).

PATCH DARRAGH (Baseball Player, Ensemble). Theatre: Wit, Control+Alt+Delete, No. 11, Loot, An Empty Plate, Pieces of Paper, Two. Director: Bliss, Playing House, Lucky 8. TV: "Guiding Light," "Comedy Central," "Monday Night Mayhem" (TNT original movie), national commercials. Training: Juilliard.

JEFFREY DeMUNN (Mr. Webb). Broadway: The Price, K2 (Tony nomination), Bent, Comedians, Hedda Gabler, Spoils of War, Sleight of Hand. Off-Broadway: A Prayer for My Daughter (Drama Desk Award nomination), Modigliani, One Shoe Off, The Hand of Its Enemy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film: The Majestic, The Green Mile, The X-Files Movie, Phenomenon, The Shawshank Redemption, Blaze, The Blob, Betrayed, Frances, Resurrection. TV: "Citizen X" (Cable Ace Award, Emmy nomination), "Noriega," Stephen King's "Storm of the Century," "Path to Paradise," "Hiroshima," "Barbarians at the Gate," "Night Sins," "The Practice," recurring roles on "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU.

MIA DILLON (Mrs. Soames) is best known for her portrayal of Babe in Crimes of the Heart, for which she received a Tony Award nomination and the Clarence Derwent Award. Other B'way credits include Hay Fever, The Corn Is Green, The Miser, Once a Catholic (for which she received a Drama Desk nomination), Agnes of God and Da. She has appeared in numerous Off-B'way shows including Remembrance; Come Back, Little Sheba (Roundabout); Summer (Hudson Guild); The Three Sisters and New England (MTC). Regional credits include Our Town, Concertina's Rainbow, Dancing at Lughnasa, Days of Wine and Roses, The Cherry Orchard, Heartbreak House, Much Ado About Nothing, Molly Sweeney (Barrymore Award nomination), the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and the Sundance Institute. Film and TV credits include The Money Pit, A Shock to the System, "Fine Things," Lots of Luck, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," "Mary and Rhoda," "The Cosby Show," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Her award-winning short 35-mm film Quiet, which she wrote, directed and edited, has been seen in five film festivals and on the Sundance Channel. She will be seen playing Jane Beale in the upcoming Civil War film Gods and Generals, which stars Robert Duvall and Jeff Daniels.

CONOR DONOVAN (Wally Webb) is making his stage debut in this production. He was recently the lead character in the film Small Room Dancing produced and directed by Neil Leifer, written by Peter Bonventre. His other passion is lacrosse.

BEN FOX (George Gibbs). New York: Three Seconds in the Key (Player), K (Kafka), Hamletmachine (Hamlet), Pacific Overtures (Manjiro). Regional theatre: Westport - Our Town (George); Huntington - A Month in the Country (Aleksey); Williamstown - Camino Real (Streetcleaner), Taming of the Shrew (Ensemble), Polaroid Stories (D), Vassa Zheleznova (Semyon), Bloody Poetry (Byron), Caligula (Octavius). Film: A Beautiful Mind. TV: "Guiding Light." BFA from NYU where he primarily trained at Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

KRISTEN HAHN (Rebecca Gibbs), age 14, has been exposed to music since she was a baby, attending her first opera, La Boheme, when she was four years old. Since then, she has attended more than 50 operas. Recently, she played the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella at her school and performed a solo Schubert aria in concert with the American Classical Orchestra. She also appeared as Rebecca in Our Town at the Westport Country Playhouse.

CARTER JACKSON (Sam Craig, Ensemble). Broadway debut. Regional credits: Our Town, Westport Country Playhouse; Theater at Monmouth. Training: Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

MAGGIE LACEY (Emily Webb). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Andorra (Theatre for a New Audience), The Butterfly Collection (Playwrights Horizons). Off Off-Broadway: Big Times (HERE/Ohio Theatre, co-writer and performer), Three-Cornered Moon (Keen Company). Regional: Our Town (Westport Country Playhouse), The Game of Love and Chance (Seattle Rep), Of Mice and Men (Arena Stage), This Is Our Youth (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Blinding Light (Passage Theatre), Mirandolina (McCarter Theatre). Film and TV: Way Off-Broadway, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: SVU," "Sex and the City" and "3rd Rock From the Sun." Training: MFA from New York University Graduate Acting.

STEPHEN MENDILLO (Constable Warren). Broadway: Wild Honey; The National Health; A View From the Bridge; Guys and Dolls; Orpheus Descending; Ah, Wilderness! Off-Broadway includes Fool for Love, The Last Yankee, Minutes From the Blue Route. U.S. premieres of Streamers, The Waverly Gallery, Subject to Fits at regional theatres. Films: Eight Men Out, City of Hope, Broadcast News, Lone Star, King of the Gypsies, Ethan Frome, Slapshot and Cobb. MFA and Oliver Thorndike Acting Award, Yale School of Drama.

PAUL NEWMAN (Stage Manager) is probably best known for his spectacularly successful food conglomerate. In addition to giving the profits to charity, he also ran Frank Sinatra out of the spaghetti sauce business. On the downside, the spaghetti sauce is outgrossing his films. He did graduate from Kenyon College magna cum lager and in the process begat a laundry business which was the only student-run enterprise on Main Street. Yale University later awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for unknown reasons. He has won four Sports Car Club of America National Championships and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest driver (70) to win a professionally sanctioned race (24 hours of Daytona, 1995). He is married to the best actress on the planet, was number 19 on Nixon's enemy list, and purely by accident has done 51 films and four Broadway plays. He is generally considered by professionals to be the worst fisherman on the East Coast.

JAKE ROBARDS (Howie Newsome). Theatre: Our Town, Westport; Mistrial; All's Well That Ends Well; Bound East for Cardiff; Eugene O'Neill Ragtime Revue; Backstage Bitches; Phedre; School for Wives; Guys and Dolls. Film/TV: The Code, Eggplant Dip, Solid Objects, "Kennedy Center Honors." Producing and starring in the upcoming short film, Golddigger's Rush. Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Georgetown University. Jake is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Our Town.

STEPHEN SPINELLA (Simon Stimson). Broadway: The Dead (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Tony nomination), Electra, A View from the Bridge, Angels in America: Perestroika (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards). Off-Broadway: Elle, The Seagull, A Question of Mercy, Troilus and Cressida (Bayfield Award), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie Award). Film: "And the Band Played On," Bubble Boy, Cradle Will Rock, The Jackal, Great Expectations, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Virtuosity. TV: "Alias," "The Education of Max Bickford," "Ed," "Law & Order." Mr. Spinella is a Fox Foundation Fellow.

TJ SULLIVAN (Joe Crowell). Our Town marks TJ's Broadway debut. He won the New York First Run Film Festival Acting Excellence Award for his lead role in The Wormhole (National Student Academy Awards Gold Medal Winner) and competed at the Cannes International Film Festival for his lead in Request. TJ is also an Olympic Development soccer star.

CYNTHIA WALLACE (Woman in the Auditorium, Ensemble) is thrilled and honored to be on Broadway in Our Town. She has enjoyed many years of theatre work in Connecticut, both on stage and backstage, including Our Town in Westport.

TRAVIS WALTERS (Si Crowell). A resident of Manhattan's Upper West Side, at 12 yrs. old he makes his Broadway debut. Travis has acted for several years, appearing in commercials, film, radio spots and TV including "Law & Order." An accomplished Level 5 competitive gymnast, he is a 7th grade Delta Honors Program student.

MALACHY CLEARY (Understudy). Broadway: Mastergate. Off-Broadway: The Art of Success at MTC; Belmont Ave. Social Club, the Working Theater. Regional: Syracuse and Virginia Stage, AT of Louisville, Long Wharf, Dallas Theater Center, Olney, Seattle Rep, Asolo and Williamstown.

MATTHEW GUSMAN (Understudy). Most recently he was seen live on stage for the radio spot Race Against Time and The Member of the Wedding directed by Michael Talon playing John Henry. He has also done on-camera commercials and voiceovers for Nickelodeon, a Charlie Brown CD, HBO sports, etc.

LISA RICHARDS (Understudy) was Ethel Dean in TNT's "James Dean Story," Alice in Eve Ensler's Lemonade as well as Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman at Houston's Alley Theatre and Paper Mill, Helene in Jaglom's film Eating and Heavenly in the Broadway revival of Sweet Bird of Youth.

MARTIN SHAKAR (Understudy) played Jenkins in the recent Actors Studio production of Room Service directed by Arthur Storch. He has acted on and Off-Broadway in regional theatre and toured for a year as Eddie in the first national company of Lost in Yonkers. TV appearances include "Law & Order," "L.A. Law," "The Equalizer" and soap operas. Films include A Price Above Rubies, Fresh, Signs of Life and Saturday Night Fever as Father Frank, Jr. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Actors Studio.

ERIKA THOMAS (Understudy). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: House and Garden, MTC; I'm Coming in Soon, Cherry Lane Theatre. Regional: Fallen, Merrimack Repertory Theatre; House and Garden, Geva Theatre. Film/TV: Lightning Fire From the Sky, "Law & Order: CI.

THORNTON WILDER (Playwright). Plays: Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), The Matchmaker (1955) and two collections of plays in one act. Novels: The Cabala, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Woman of Andros, Heaven's My Destination, The Ides of March, The Eighth Day, Theophilus North. Essays include American Characteristics. He received three Pulitzer Prizes: for Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth and The Bridge of San Luis Rey as well as other literary awards, the Medal of Freedom, honorary degrees from many universities and honors from several foreign countries. Born in Wisconsin, 1897; died 1975.

JAMES NAUGHTON (Director). Directing: Broadway - Tony Award-nominated production of Arthur Miller's The Price. Off-Broadway - Filumena for Blue Light Theatre Company. Regional - Williamstown and Westport. Acting: Broadway - Chicago (1997 Tony Award), City of Angels (1990 Tony and Drama Desk awards), Whose Life Is It Anyway?, I Love My Wife, Long Day's Journey Into Night (NY Drama Critics, Theatre World and Vernon Rice Awards). Concerts and recordings: 1999 Ace Award, Best Male Vocalist, NYC for Street of Dreams. Returning to Café Carlyle in April 2003. Just released solo album It's About Time on DRG Records. Film: "The Truth About Jane" (Lifetime), The Glass Menagerie, The Paper Chase, The Good Mother, Cat's Eye, First Kid. TV: "The Cosby Mysteries," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Who's the Boss?," "Planet of the Apes," "Ally McBeal." Graduate of Brown and Yale.

TONY WALTON (Set and Costume Designer). Broadway: I'm Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing..., She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Will Rogers Follies, Six Degrees of Separation, Grand Hotel, Anything Goes, Conversations With My Father, Hurlyburly, The Real Thing, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago, Pippin and Madison Square Garden's annual Christmas Carol. Nineteen films designed for directors Fosse, Lumet, Nichols, etc. Ballet designs include ABT's Peter and the Wolf at the Metropolitan Opera House. He directed Song of Twilight for Bay Street Theatre. Other direction: The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara for the Irish Repertory Theatre, Missing Footage for San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show for a 60-city U.S. tour. Awards: Oscar, Emmy, three Tonys, Theatre Hall of Fame 1991.

RICHARD PILBROW (Lighting Designer). Lighting designer, theatre design consultant, author and producer. Chairman and founder of Theatre Projects Consultants. Theatre projects: more than 500 theatre design consulting projects in 50 countries, including the new Goodman, Steppenwolf and Shakespeare Theatres in Chicago; the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and the renovation plans for New York's Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. A pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain, he was recently the lighting designer for The Magic Flute, Los Angeles and Seattle Operas. Other credits include On Raftery's Hill at the Druid Theatre, Galway and the Royal Court Theatre, London; The Life on Broadway (Tony Award nomination); and Hal Prince's Show Boat in New York, London and on the U.S. tours (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award 1995 and DORA Award 1994 for Best Lighting Design).

RAYMOND D. SCHILKE (Sound Designer). Broadway: Side Man (Tony Award winner), Present Laughter, Three Sisters, Crazy He Calls Me and 3 From Brooklyn. Off-Broadway: The Hothouse; Force Continuum (Atlantic Theatre); Goodnight Children Everywhere; The Monogamist; Imaginary Life (Playwrights Horizons); Mind Games; 2 Pianos, 4 Hands; Snakebit; Thwak; Blue Man Group (original); many seasons for the Blue Light Theatre Co. and the New Group. Regional: Our Town, Master Harold..., The Constant Wife (Westport Playhouse); Nora (Asolo Arts Center); Treasure Island (Sanibel Playhouse).

KATHERINE LEE BOYER (Production Stage Manager). National tour and West End: Wit. Off-Broadway: Blue Surge (Public); Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] (Century Center); The Joys of Sex (Fringe); Slanguage and Question of Mercy (NYTW); More Lies About Jerzy, Stranger and True History and Real Adventures (Vineyard Theatre); Wit (MCC/Union Square Theatre); Anadarko (MCC); Mere Mortals (Primary Stages/John Houseman). Regional: Westport Country Playhouse, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, five summers at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Ms. Boyer is a graduate of Boston University, School of Fine Arts.

JENNY DEWAR (Stage Manager). Broadway: Chicago, The Dinner Party, Macbeth (Kelsey Grammer), Cats, Rent, Ragtime, Getting Away With Murder. Tours: Rent, Cats. Regional and summer stock.

DEBORAH BROWN (Casting) has cast for film, TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway and many of the leading regional theatres in the country. She is thrilled to be part of this production of Our Town.

ARTHUR SICCARDI (Technical Supervisor) has served as technical supervisor on more than 200 Broadway shows including A Chorus Line; Gypsy; Chicago; Hello, Dolly!; Cats; The Real Thing; Ballroom; Dreamgirls; Broadway Bound; Chess; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Jerome Robbins' Broadway; City of Angels; My One and Only; Victor/Victoria; My Fair Lady; Sunset Boulevard; Fiddler on the Roof; Mamma Mia!; Annie Get Your Gun; the Tony Awards.

JOANNE WOODWARD (Producer) is Artistic Director of Westport Country Playhouse where she has directed The Constant Wife by Somerset Maugham and Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg. For the Williamstown Theatre Festival she directed Rocket to the Moon, La Ronde, The Big Knife and Golden Boy. She directed Golden Boy for Off-Broadway's Blue Light Theater Company, where she also directed Waiting For Lefty. She produced and narrated the documentary on the Group Theater, Broadway Dreamers, for public television. She has also directed theatre productions of Velvet Elvis by Matthew Carnahan and The Depot by Eve Ensler. She has had a distinguished career as an actress in films and TV as well as on stage, where her performances have included roles in Arsenic and Old Lace, The Glass Menagerie and Love Letters at Long Wharf Theatre; Hay Fever at the Berkshire Theatre Festival; and productions of Ghosts, Sweet Bird of Youth and The Sea Gull.

ANNE KEEFE (Producer) is Associate Artistic Director of Westport Country Playhouse. In 27 years at the Long Wharf Theatre she worked on more than 70 shows with directors including Arvin Brown, John Tillinger and Mike Nichols, and rehearsed with playwrights Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard and Peter Nichols to name a few. Ms. Keefe stage managed the Long Wharf to Broadway transfers of The Changing Room, The National Health, Spokesong, Watch on the Rhine and the Off-Broadway transfer of American Buffalo. Other Broadway credits include Death and the Maiden, Hamlet and Night Must Fall. Prior to Long Wharf, Ms. Keefe spent two seasons at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. She received the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Stage Managers Association.

ALISON HARRIS (Producer) is Executive Director of Westport Country Playhouse. For eight years she was Managing Director of McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and prior to that was Administrator of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Between leaving McCarter in 1987 and joining the Playhouse in 2000, Ms. Harris served as Assistant State Treasurer, Legislative Director and in other capacities at the New Jersey Treasury Department. Most recently, Ms. Harris was the Director of Business Development for Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Architects, a Princeton firm recognized for its award-winning theatre design. While at McCarter, Ms. Harris served on the boards of the Theatre Communications Group in New York, the League of Resident Theatres and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore.