Union College drama presents "Our Town"

In Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, intelligent idealist Emily Webb always speaks her mind and doggedly pursues her goals. Union College freshman Natalie Bruzon, who takes on the role of Emily Webb in Union’s upcoming performance of the play, discovered a lot of herself in the character.

“At first, I actually found it really hard to connect with Emily's character because we are so different.” Bruzon remarks, “But then, as I started studying her more, I realized that we do have quite a few similarities. One of the characteristics that I most relate with is how opinionated she is. She is also stubborn and outspoken. And really spoiled. I guess we aren't so different after all!”

However, Bruzon also found differences between Emily and herself. “One of the differences that we have is that Emily seems to cry at really random times! ...She also seems to be extra naive, but I suppose that the small-town girls of that time where like that. Her character is a very simple, down-to-earth character. Her goals don't rise above and beyond the expectations of girls for that time, and she is perfectly happy where she is at. She is a very likable character, and easy to relate to. I look forward to portraying her on stage.”

At the end of February, Union College students under the director of Mark Robison, professor of English and drama, will put on an eight-performance run of Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play on its 75th anniversary.

The first two acts portray a love relationship between George Gibbs and Emily Webb from high school through matrimony. In the third act, the audience follows Emily to the cemetery where she learns that life can only be lived to its fullest in the present.

Emily Webb is not the only one who is able to learn something in Our Town “I learned to definitely to live life to the fullest,” said Bruzon. “Appreciate what I have when I have it and really look at and listen to people, because someday it will end. It is such a beautiful message.”

According to the New York Times, “’Our Town’ has escaped from the formal barrier of the modern theatre into the quintessence of acting, thought and speculation. A beautifully evocative play. A hauntingly beautiful play.” This brilliantly touching production will be performed during its 75th anniversary starting on February 28 in Union College’s Woods Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for children, students, and senior citizens. Tickets make be purchased at the Union College Campus Store, online at www.ucollege.edu/drama, or at the door one hour before show time. Woods Auditorium is located on the north side of the Union College campus in the Don Love Building. Because of campus construction, visitors should park in the parking lot located at the corner of 51st and Bancroft Streets.

For more information, check out www.ucollege.edu/drama or like us on Facebook—just search for Union College Drama Presents.

Performance dates :

  • Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 8:30 p.m
  • Sunday, March 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23, 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30, 8:30 p.m.