23 April 2024
Entertainment Theater

Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our City’ to Return to Broadway Subsequent Fall

“Our City,” some of the revered and enduring American dramas, will return to Broadway subsequent fall in a brand new manufacturing directed by Kenny Leon.

Leon has develop into among the many extra prolific administrators working in New York. Simply this yr he has directed a revival of “Purlie Victorious,” at present operating on Broadway, in addition to the summer season manufacturing of “Hamlet” at Shakespeare within the Park and the spring Off Broadway basketball-fan drama “King James” for the Manhattan Theater Membership. He directed two Broadway revivals final season, the Tony-winning “Topdog/Underdog” in addition to “Ohio State Murders,” and he has one other one coming subsequent spring, “House.”

Leon mentioned he had lengthy needed to direct a Broadway manufacturing of “Our City,” a 1938 play by Thornton Wilder. He has tackled the play twice in Atlanta, the place he lives, first in 2010 with a full manufacturing on the True Colours Theater Firm, which he co-founded, after which in 2017 with a one-night reading, starring Scarlett Johansson and the solid of an Avengers film, to learn hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

“I grew up pondering it wasn’t a play for me, however later in life I assumed, ‘If you happen to simply embody extra individuals, it’s a play about our time and our planet and one another,’” he mentioned in an interview.

“The solid won’t be all Black and it’ll not be all white and it’ll not be all well-known,” he mentioned. “I would like all of us to really feel included, and I would like the play to talk to every coronary heart in America.”

The lead producer is Jeffrey Richards and no solid or theater has been introduced. This would be the sixth manufacturing of “Our City” on Broadway; the final one opened in 2002.