Our Town

By Thornton Wilder | Directed by John Christian Plummer
September 2 - 5, 2016

This 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life in the small village of Grover's Corners is an American classic.

In celebration of our 30th anniversary and to give thanks to Hudson Valley communities for their continued support, HVSF launched a months-long effort in 2016 to bring hundreds of Hudson Valley friends and neighbors together for a community-driven performance of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN. Citizen actors joined us at preliminary workshops held in four communities, followed by formal auditions, and a summer's worth of rehearsals. Tickets for each of the four performances – held at three historic venues throughout the Hudson Valley – were distributed free of charge. 


This is our community. The Hudson Valley. This vast, diverse, creative home is ours and it's been our backbone through three decades of growth, exploration, and theater-making. We thought it was time to give back, so we set out to do what HVSF does best -- put on a play.

It was about you and about us, about connecting each of us to our best selves through a singular, timeless story. When all was said and done, 230 workshop participants and volunteers were engaged; 36 local/non-professional and 3 professional cast members from 19 separate communities came together; 22 local business and non-profits joined in partnership with HVSF; 1,338 willing audience members showed up for 4 hyper-local performances in 3 uniquely intimate venues over 1 unforgettable Labor Day Weekend


Theater Comes to The Public: Bringing Our Town(s) Together


Sean McNall as Stage Manager
Jim Cairl as Dr. Gibbs
Bernadette Humphrey-Nicol as Mrs. Gibbs
Timothy Harbolic as George Gibbs
Ava Cairl as Rebecca Gibbs
Joseph Merriam as Mr. Webb
Megan Shea as Mrs. Webb
Antoinette Robinson as Emily Webb
Zuri Bremmer as Wally Webb
Ron Sopyla as Simon Stimson
Tiberio Saraceno as Howie Newsome
Emma Myers as Professor Willard
Anne Kane as Mrs. Soames
Patricia Fischer Donohue as Constable Warren
Jeff Hirsch as Joe Stoddard
Ryan Quinn as Sam Craig
Amageo Burks as Joe Crowell, Jr. / Baseball Player 1
Casimir Trent as Si Crowell / Baseball Player 2
Nathaniel Ramos as Baseball Player 3 / Understudy Joe Crowell, Jr.
Robert Convertino as Man in the Auditorium
Katarina Pabon as Lady in the Box

THE DEAD: Amanda Baumler, Elizabeth Dahmen, Wilbur Foster, Jenna Isabella, Michael McKee, Friedrike Merck, James O'Neill, Ellen O'Neill, Igby Rigney (Understudy Wally Webb)

THE CHOIR: Josie Altucher, Tess Dul, Adam Lagomarsini, Harper Levy, Melissa Meyers, Cristina Pronzati, Anne Provet, Abigail Salazar (Understudy Si Crowell), Lillian Salazar

Director: John Christian Plummer
Assistant Director: Noa Egozi
Producer: Emily Sophia Knapp
Costume Design: Charlotte Palmer-Lane
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Sound Design: Matt Otto
Prop Design: Alberto Ruiz
Stage Management: Katharine Whitney
Assistant Costume Design: Kaitlyn McDonald
Directing Intern: Cal Lane
Stage Management Intern: Olivia Whalen-Kipp
Costume Intern: Kelly O'Connor


OUR TOWN Partners

PARTNERS: Newburgh Brewing Company, Boscobel House and Gardens, Paramount Hudson Valley, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Gallery 66, Groombridge Games

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: Antonia Arts, Arts 10566, Beacon Ballet Arts, Beacon Players, Beacon Arts, Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, City of Peekskill Youth Bureau, Philipstown Depot Theatre,Desmond-Fish Library, Haldane High School Drama, Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, Orange County Arts Council, Peekskill High School, San Miguel Academy, St Phliips Church, St. Andrews Episcopal Church