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august 24

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The MAC's Eastbound Theatre is proud to bring a FREE one-day outdoor community staged reading of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, celebrating its 25th year in the small city with a big heart - Milford CT.

Our Town is a play (within a play) written by Thornton Wilder in 1938. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, and fields questions from the audience.

Our Town celebrates the joy of living simply, in the present, with gratitude for relationships, community, and small blessings. Actors will be reading from a script with a “suggestion” of period costumes and props. While the setting is New Hampshire, Thornton lived right up the road in Hamden, CT. Who knows - perhaps Milford was the inspiration for his play? Either way, we celebrate OUR town of Milford through this classic tale on August 24th!

The reading will take place at various locations around Milford CT with 30 minute breaks in between each act so that participants can stroll from location to location past small shops and restaurants, grab a snack or drink, listen to music, and follow the “Chalk the Walk” symbols on the sidewalk along the way.

See schedule below

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Featuring a cast of dignitaries and notable community members: Senator James Maroney; Mayor Ben Blake: Alderman Frank Smith; Milford Concert Band; Dan Brownell & the UCC Choir and more, this event is unique and exciting for all community members. Participants will meet at the gazebo (bandstand) on the Broad Street Green for a 1pm start time. They are encouraged to grab a picnic & some lawn chairs at noon to enjoy The Milford Concert Band prior to the event.

The Milford Historical Society will also open its doors at 10am for its "Our Town, Our Story" art exhibit - treasures from the Moger photo collection, on display through October 6th.

Executive Producer Nancy A. Herman has arranged to have each act directed by a different Eastbound Theatre director. She will direct Act One on the green in front of the gazebo, Mike Shavel will direct Act Two on the veranda in front of the Parsons Building overlooking the waterfall, and Tom Rushen will direct Act Three behind the DAR next to the cemetery. Ann Baker is Associate Producer.

A post-performance reception will take place at Stonebridge Restaurant for cast, crew, and volunteers.

Lorie Lewis, Marketing Director of the MAC, states, “This is a wonderful way to kick off our season and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eastbound Theatre. Milford is a magical community, and this traveling reading of Our Town will remind all participants from Milford and beyond to be present, be joyful, and learn how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life...it’s the secret that Milfordites know very well.”

SPECIAL BONUS! Thanks to our generous local artists and patrons, an “Our Town” pop up exhibit is now on display through August 24th, featuring Milford scenes by Milford artists - including contributions from the collections of Milford residents. Roger Van Damme, Chris Wrinn, Rick Senft, and the MAC’s past executive director, William Meddick are just a few of the artists on display. Pop in Tues-Fridays 11am-5pm or on event day as you stroll from Act 1 (on the Green) to Act II (at Parson’s Center).

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schedule

12:00 Grab a picnic and some lawn chairs and come on over to the gazebo (bandstand) on Milford Green to enjoy the Milford Concert Band prior to the 1 pm performance.

1:00 Act 1 DAILY LIFE. On the Green, featuring Richard Warren, Mayor Ben Blake, Senator James Maroney, and the UCC Choir (directed by Nancy A. Herman)

1:45ish Follow the “Chalk the Walk” heart symbols and our mystery tour guide down Depot Street, past the MAC for a sip of lemonade and quick peek at the “Our Town” art exhibit as you head over to Parson’s Center for Act II

2:15ish Act II LOVE & MARRIAGE. At Parson’s Center, featuring Frank Panzer and Jen Ju (directed by Mike Shavel)

3:00ish Continue to follow the chalk hearts and your guide & stroll over to the DAR. Stop for another break along the way at the UCC Church and another mystery stop for a treat.

3:30ish Act III MORTALITY & ETERNITY. Overlooking the cemetery at the DAR, featuring Alderman Frank Smith (directed by Tom Rushen)

4:15ish Enjoy all the simple pleasures of life and Milford as you saunter on home. Take the joy with you and pass it on…

*Each act is about 45 minutes long and times are approximate (ish)

If you are not able to join us by foot, feel free to ride in your car between each Act

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Call 203.878.6647

Milford Arts Council is grateful to Milford Bank and Colony Grill for making this event possible and Stonebridge Restaurant for sponsoring the after-party.