Directed by Abigail Adams
July 31 – August 25, 2019
Leonard C. Haas Stage
People’s Light wraps up summer with a music-infused production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Long after it won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Wilder’s masterwork remains one of the most popular plays of all time, reminding audiences across the country that there is beauty in the ordinary. Celebrate love, family, and community with a visit to Our Town, onstage July 31 through August 25. Tickets start at $35, including fees. To purchase, call 610.644.3500 or visit www.peopleslight.org. People’s Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355.
This American classic tells the story of Grover’s Corners, a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century, and the day-to-day lives of the people who live, love, and die there. Our Town distinguishes itself among Wilder’s plays through its use of metatheatrical devices, or aspects of the production that draw attention to its very nature as a play – direct address to the audience, acknowledgement that the characters onstage are performers, and a very spare use of sets and props. “No curtains, no scenery,” Wilder instructs. Grover’s Corners lives in the imagination of the audience, so that Our Town becomes any town, and every town. “I am not interested in the ephemeral,” Wilder says. “I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of millions.”
Our Town culminates the 2018/2019 Season at People’s Light. “All year we’ve been asking big existential questions – lots of hard stuff, but often told with laughter and grace,” says Abigail Adams, People’s Light Executive Artistic Director and director of the production. “Our Town is a capstone to this exploration. Wilder captures the ordinary experiences that we all share and makes them sacred.”
Fan-favorite troubadour David Lutken (recently seen on the Malvern stage in Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie), returns as the famous “Stage Manager”, our guide to the people and places of Grover’s Corners. With him, David brings back post-show hootenannies – BYOI (bring-your-own-instrument) musical free-for-alls after select performances. Musicians and music enthusiasts are welcome to hoot, holler, and sing along. Our Town will feature live music performed on pump organ, fiddle, and harmonica, and community volunteers will appear as the Grover’s Corners church choir.
Our Town’s cast of 20 includes People’s Light company members Nadira Beard (Resident Teaching Artist, New Voices Ensemble Program Director), Peter DeLaurier (Morning’s at Seven, Richard III, How to Write a New Book for the Bible), Melanye Finister (Skeleton Crew, The Diary of Anne Frank, Project Dawn), Claire Inie-Richards (Project Dawn, I and You, Sense and Sensibility), Andrew Kane (The Cherry Orchard, Noises Off), Teri Lamm (Sweat, Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem, Morning’s at Seven), Mark Lazar (The Matchmaker, Sense and Sensibility, The Cherry Orchard), and Graham Smith (For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Morning’s at Seven, The Matchmaker); along with returning guest artists Benjamin Brown (Sweat), Michael Hicks (Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash), David M. Lutken (Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, The Road: My Life with John Denver, Ring of Fire), and New Voices alumni member Alayna Todd. Zach Curvan, Christopher Eastland, Eliana Abike Fabiyi, Alexander Hamel, Lily Lexer, J. Paul Nicholas, Josh Olumide, and Caleb Ward make their People’s Light debuts.
People’s Light Executive Artistic Director Abigail Adams (For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Morning’s at Seven, Project Dawn,) directs the production. Luke Cantarella (Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, The Diary of Anne Frank, Morning’s at Seven) returns to design set, along with costume designer and company member Marla J. Jurglanis (A Number, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Skeleton Crew). Returning guest designers also include company member Dennis Parichy (For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, The Diary of Anne Frank, Morning’s at Seven) on lighting and resident Sound Engineer Brent Hoyer on sound design. Cast members David M. Lutken and Michael Hicks do double duty as Music Director and Music Supervisor, respectively. People’s Light General Manager Erin Sheffield choreographs and Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale dramaturgs the production. Company member Audrey M. Brown returns as stage manager, assisted by Elizabeth Hicks (Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole)
Thornton Wilder Playwright
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was a novelist and playwright whose works celebrate the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. He is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both drama and fiction: for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. His other novels include The Cabala, The Woman of Andros, Heaven’s My Destination, The Ides of March, The Eighth Day and Theophilus North. His other major dramas include The Matchmaker (adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!) and The Alcestiad. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, Pullman Car Hiawatha, and The Long Christmas Dinner are among his well-known shorter plays. He enjoyed enormous success as a translator, adaptor, actor, librettist and lecturer/teacher and his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More information on Thornton Wilder and his family is available in Penelope Niven’s definitive biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life (2013) as well as on the Wilder Family website, http://www.thorntonwilder.com.
Abigail Adams Director
Company Member since 1976. People’s Light: Executive Artistic Director. During her 42-year association with the Theatre, Abbey has directed more than sixty plays, including For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Morning’s at Seven, Project Dawn, The Matchmaker, Auctioning the Ainsleys, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, The Cherry Orchard, The Rainmaker, The Trip to Bountiful, Dividing the Estate, Nathan the Wise, and In the Blood. Theatre Includes: Directed readings and workshops of new plays for Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Circle Rep, New York Stage and Film, and the Public Theatre. Teaching: Swarthmore College, New York University, Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College.
Nadira Beard Mrs. Soames
Company Member since 2017. People’s Light: Nadira began in a Project Discovery Program residency in 1990 (age 11) and continued on to become an original member of the New Voices Ensemble (Director Abigail Adams) in 1991. She is now Resident Teaching Artist and Program Director for the NVE and has written and directed The Beat of Pols, Some Days Are Never Forgotten, Y, I Love You, and Where You From? with the ensemble. Her most memorable productions as an actor are A Mid Summer’s Night Dream (NVE), Peter Pan (PL), and Project Dawn(PL). Theatre Includes: Directed Tell ‘Em Bout Me (Widener University Theatre and Film Festival, 2017). She is the recipient of the 2015 Coleen Toohey Porter Emerging Artist Award by The International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase.
Benjamin Brown Dr. Gibbs
People’s Light: Sweat, Sign Of The Lizard, Our Town, Romeo and Juliet, Fool For Love, John Brown’s Body, Raisin In The Sun, My Children! My Africa! Theatre Includes: Blues For An Alabama Sky (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre), Othello (KnightsBridge Theatre), Blood (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), GunPlay(Naked Angels), Prelude To A Kiss (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film/Television Includes: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (HBO), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Sony), The Family That Preys (Lionsgate), Little Fish, Big Pond (Sony), Liar, Liar (Universal), NCIS (CBS), Omba Mokomba(Disney), Safari Tracks (Fox), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Paramount), The West Wing (NBC), Without A Trace (CBS), The Unit (CBS). Artistic Director of the Arts Education non-profit, Yearning To Learn, Inc. Website: www.yearningtolearn.org
Zach Curvan Bob & Baseball Player
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Wizard in Getting to Know… Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Training: People’s Light.
Peter DeLaurier Joe Stoddard
Company member since 1981. People’s Light: Artistic Associate. 38 of his 51 years in the profession have been at People’s Light. In our 1990 production of Our Town, Peter played George with Alda Cortese as Emily. Three years later they played Doc and Mrs. Gibbs. Other productions include Morning’s at Seven, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Man From Nebraska, King Lear, Sherlock Holmes in two productions, Anne of Green Gables (also adapted), Holes, In the Blood, Hard Times, A Christmas Carol (also adaptor and director), Romeo & Juliet (also director), and many others. Acted and directed extensively with the Lantern and many other local theatres. Played Off-Broadway and on National Tour. Co-founded Delaware Theatre Company. Artistic Director of New Stage Theater, Jackson, MS. Awards: Two individual Barrymore Awards and six nominations. Many in ensembles.
Christopher Eastland Sam Craig
People´s Light debut. Theatre Includes: The Drunken City (Broken Spectacle Productions), The Madness of Lady Bright (One Thirty Productions), WASP (Upstart Productions), Execution of Justice, A Christmas Carol (Civic Theatre of Allentown), Talking Pictures, Courtship (Horton by the Stream). Training: MA Theatre (Bowling Green State University) & BFA Performance (Baylor University).
Eliana Abike Fabiyi Fiddler & Mrs. Newsome
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Treasure Island, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Peter Pan, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden Theatre Company); A People and Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter 3); Homeworld and Strange Tenants (Ninth Planet); Swamp is On (Pig Iron Theatre Company); Bodas de Sangre/I Only Came to Use the Phone (The Duende Cycle); The Kinetic Tree Show (The Kimmel Center/ PIFA). Training: BA (Case Western Reserve University), RADA/NYU Shakespeare in Performance Program, Arden Professional Apprentice, Class 22.
Melanye Finister Mrs. Webb
Company Member since 1991. People’s Light: Skeleton Crew (Barrymore Award for Lead Actor), The Diary of Anne Frank, Project Dawn, The Matchmaker, All My Sons, Fences, The Winter’s Tale, Seven Guitars, The Return of Don Quixote, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Something You Did, Fabulation, and The Member of the Wedding. Theatre Includes: Wilma Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Flashpoint Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Venture Theatre, Temple Theaters and Walnut Street Theatre. Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University. Melanye is a 2018 Lunt Fontanne Fellow, an artist and resident company member at People’s Light, a member of Wilma Hothouse, and a board member at PlayPenn.
Alexander Hamel Joe & Si Crowell
People’s Light debut. Theatre includes: Witch’s Dwarf in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (SALT Performing Arts); Narrator in Into the Woods (Facetime Theatre); Christian in Fun Home (Genesius Theatre); Young Simba in Lion King, Jr. (EPAC); Jack in Into the Woods, Jr. (GVMS Theater Company). Training includes: Voice with Catherine Brown.
Michael Hicks Simon Stimson / Music Supervisor
People’s Light: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Theatre Includes: Plan B (co-author and performer; Don’t Tell Mama, Florida Studio Theatre, Hangar Theatre); Dear Prospective Student (composer and lyricist). Actor: Ring of Fire (Vienna’s English Theatre), Camelot (Capital Repertory Theatre), Our Town (The Weston Playhouse). Pianist: What Just Happened? with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph; Cathy Dresden: Old-Fashioned Girl with Joe Hartman. Michael is also an audition accompanist and on faculty at Molly College’s CAP 21 Conservatory.
Claire Inie-Richards Emily Webb
Company Member since 2015. People’s Light: Project Dawn, I and You, Sense and Sensibility, The Cherry Orchard, The Emperor’s New Clothes, King Lear, End Days, Eggs, Persians, Getting Near to Baby, Twelfth Night, The Crucible. Theatre Includes: Measure for Measure, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Lantern Theater Company), Completeness (Theatre Exile), The Revolutionists (Theatre Horizon), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in Clark Park). Radio: BBC. Training: The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Andrew Kane Howie Newsome
Company Member since 2013. People’s Light: The Cherry Orchard, Noises Off, Aladdin (2012), Of Mice and Men, Treasure Island (2011), Hatchetman, Three Musketeers (2010), Emperor’s New Clothes, King Lear, Snow White, Cinderella (2008). Theatre Includes: Arden Theatre, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, Lantern Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Exile, Theatre Horizon. Playwriting: Little Red, The Beanstalk at Montgomery Theater; The Resurrectionists at 1812 Productions (workshop); The Lakewife at Bristol Riverside Theatre (workshop). Songwriting: Erin Sheffield’s Shakespeare for Kids series at PSF and Atlanta Shakespeare Company; singer/guitarist for roots-punk band Old Town Wake. Training: BA Theatre (DeSales University), MFA Writing (Warren Wilson College)
Teri Lamm Mrs. Gibbs
Company Member since 2015. People’s Light: Jessie in Sweat, Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem, Myrtle Brown in Morning’s at Seven, Mrs. Molloy in The Matchmaker, Cydney Malloy in The Harassment of Iris Malloy, Fanny Dashwood/Charlotte Palmer in Sense and Sensibility, Annalee in Auctioning the Ainsleys, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Leah in Row After Row, Jessie Mae in The Trip to Bountiful, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Theatre Includes: The Iceman Cometh (Broadway), Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout), Palace of the End, Hannah and Martin, Habitat, Little Eyolf, Time and the Conways (Epic Theater Ensemble), Midsummer, Equus, Flea in Her Ear, Devil’s Disciple (The Alley Theater), How I Learned to Drive (Dallas Theater Center). Film/Television Includes: Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Third Watch, Trifling With Fate. Training: MFA (NYU).
Mark Lazar Constable Warren
Company Member since 1998. People’s Light: Recent favorites include The Matchmaker, Sense and Sensibility, The Cherry Orchard, The Rainmaker, King Lear, The Foreigner, and all the Pantos. Theatre Includes: East Lynne Theatre(Zorro! and Nat Miller in Ah Wilderness! ; North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (12 seasons;10 Christmas Carols as Ebenezer Scrooge), Madison Repertory Theatre (10 seasons; Founding Member), American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep and most of Wisconsin’s other professional theatres. Also: Charlotte Rep, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, New American Theater, Cider Mill Playhouse and National Tours with Great American Children’s Theatre (Charlotte’s Web). Film/Television Includes: Frame of Mind, Folkbooks (PBS Award), Shake Rag Alley. Radio: Ebenezer Scrooge in Delaware Public Radio’s annual theatrical broadcast of A Christmas Carol. University of Wisconsin Deans List. 17 years professional Broadcaster, U.S. and International.
Lily Lexer Rebecca Gibbs
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Arden Theatre, Small Alison in Fun Home (Barrymore Award for Ensemble and Production), UMLY Community Theatre (multiple lead roles), Seussical, Newsies, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins; Media Theatre, children’s theatre. Training: UMLY Community Theatre teachers and mentors, Janelle Brandberg, Nick Harmantzis, Walnut Street Theatre, Nicole Renna, Betsy Daily. Lily is a 5thgrader at Saint Patrick School in Malvern.
David M. Lutken Stage Manager / Music Director
People’s Light: The Road: My Life with John Denver, Ring Of Fire, and Woody Sez. Theatre Includes: Performances in the West End of London, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Cooper Union, the 92nd St. Y and across the U.S., Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Broadway: The Will Rogers Follies, The Civil War, Ring Of Fire, Inherit The Wind, Paul Bunyan (NYCO). Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, Woody Sez, Stars In Your Eyes, Winter Man, The Portable Pioneer & Prairie Show. Regional: Man Of La Mancha, Big River, Elmer Gantry, Finian’s Rainbow, Fire On The Mountain, A Month In The Country, Dark Of The Moon, River Of Song, and more. For his portrayal of Woody Guthrie in his original show, Woody Sez, David received the Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Actor.
- Paul Nicholas Professor Willard
People’s Light debut. Theater Includes:Broadway: (National Tour) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Off-Broadway: Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center). Regional: The Corpse Washer (Actors Theatre of Louisville),Oslo (Marin Theater), Disgraced (Chester Theatre), Honor Killing (Florida Studio Theatre), The Invisible Hand(Cleveland Play House), The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile), Othello (The Shakespeare Theater), Language Roomsand Scorched (Wilma Theater); Romeo & Juliet, Cymbeline, and The Count of Monte Cristo (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Film/Television Includes: Law & Order: SVU (8 seasons as Attorney Linden Delroy), Deception (2 episodes), The Leftovers, Law & Order (2 episodes), Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Awards: Barrymore Awards for The Invisible Hand and Scorched. Training: MFA (The Academy for Classical Acting at GWU). Website: JPaulNicholas.com
Josh Olumide George Gibbs
Peoples Light debut. Theatre Includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (Black Box Performing Arts Center). Film/Television Includes: Detroit (Annapurna Pictures). Training: Conservatory (The American Musical Dramatic Academy)
Graham Smith Mr. Webb
Company Member since 1999. People’s Light: For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Morning’s at Seven, The Matchmaker, A Single Shard, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Dividing the Estate, The Rainmaker, Shipwrecked, Valley Song, A Delicate Balance, Camping With Henry and Tom, The Miser, The Crucible, Twelfth Night. Theatre Includes: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Oedipus, A Man for All Seasons (NC Shakespeare), As You Like It, The Tempest, Dracula, Humanafest (Actors Theatre Louisville), Proof, Misanthrope, Angels in America, The Substance of Fire (Charlotte Repertory), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Red (Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach), Best of Enemies, The Seafarer, 12 Angry Men, Camping With Henry and Tom, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep). Training: 13 tours with family vaudeville-magic show, Saucy Sorcery; BA, Davidson College; MFA, Hilberry Classic Theatre.
Alayna Todd Lois & Emily’s Friend
People’s Light: Alayna began her journey at People’s Light through Summerstage/SummerBlast in 2010 (age 10), and is an alumni member of the New Voices Ensemble. New Voices: The Beat of Pols (2016), Some Days are Never Forgotten (2017), Y, I Love You (2018), and most recently, Where You From? Theatre Includes: Tell ‘Em Bout Me in the Widener University Theatre and Film Festival (2017).
Caleb Ward Wally Webb
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Oliver (Quintessence Theater); Gavroche in Les Mis (William Penn Charter high school production); numerous performances at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. Film/Television Includes: Five Years. Training: McGuffin Theater Camp. Caleb studies piano and plays Djembe drums. He also enjoys pitching on two baseball teams, playing basketball, and making videos. This fall, Caleb will enter sixth grade.
Our Town previews Wednesday, July 31; Thursday, August 1; and Friday, August 2 at 7:30pm. The play opens on Saturday, August 3 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, August 25. Standard tickets start at $45, including fees. $35 preview tickets are available July 31-August 2. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase group tickets, call Group Sales Associate Kelly Benedict at 610.647.1900 x111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscription packages are now available for the 2019/2020 Season at People’s Light. Productions include Dot (September 18 – October 20); Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto (November 13 – January 5); The Children (January 15 – February 9); Shakespeare in Love (February 26 – March 29); Hold These Truths (March 18 – April 19); Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland (May 13 – June 7); Mary Jane (June 24 – July 19); and an eighth production in August 2020 soon to be announced. Visit www.peopleslight.org or call 610.644.3500 for more information.
Actors, prices, productions, performance dates and times are subject to change. Additional service charges will apply. Contact the Box Office for more details.
ACCESSIBILITY & ENGAGEMENT
Arrive early for Drinks & Dramaturgy. Explore our dramaturgy board, an interactive lobby display that provides context to enhance your experience of the production, as you enjoy a glass of wine or beer from concessions. (And yes, you can take your food and drinks inside the theatre!)
Join Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale and members of the Our Town cast at Scoop on Wednesdays, a lively pre-performance discussion with light snacks. Learn more about the context of the play and get behind-the-scenes info. Scoop starts at 6pm at the Congdon Center Conference Room (inside the Steinbright Stage lobby) before 7:30pm performances on August 7, 14, and 21. Now only $5 and available online.
Music Director and cast member David Lutken will lead post-show Hootenannies, BYOI (bring-your-own-instrument) musical free-for-alls directly following performances on August 8, 15, and 22. All musicians and music enthusiasts are welcome!
On Friday, August 16, join us for a Backyard BBQ from 5:30 to 8:30pm. This perfect summer night out includes beer, food trucks, and live music performed by David Lutken and the E.B. Hawkins Band. This free event takes place outside the Leonard C. Haas Stage, where you can also catch the 7:30pm performance of Our Town, but theatre tickets are not necessary for Backyard BBQ admission.
Open Caption performances of Our Town are August 21 at 2pm and 7:30pm, August 22 at 7:30pm, August 23 at 7:30pm (this is also a Relaxed Performance), August 24 at 2pm and 8pm, August 25 at 2pm and 7pm. During these performances, the actors’ lines appear on a small LED screen near the stage as they speak.
People’s Light offers a Relaxed Performance of Our Town on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pm, which will also feature Open Captioning. This Relaxed Performance, generously sponsored by Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, creates a welcoming environment designed to include everyone and let you be who you are. Relaxed Performances invite, but are not limited to, individuals with Autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and sensory sensitivities, so that they can take part in the joy of theatre. Tickets to our Relaxed Performance are half-priced at $30, including fees. For more information, contact the Box Office at 610.644.3500.
Service animals are welcome at all performances at People’s Light. The theatre offers a designated relief area and water bowl for their comfort.
BISTRO & FARMHOUSE
Enjoy a special Picnic Prix-Fixe Dinner before your performance of Our Town. Seasonal favorites like barbeque chicken, shrimp kabobs, corn on the cob, and more will be served next door at The Farmhouse at People’s Light. Dinner and a Show Packages are available for purchase to select Wednesday through Sunday performances. Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening dinner packages start at $82. Friday and Saturday packages start at $91. That’s a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price. We also offer Brunch Packages that include brunch at The Bistro paired with tickets to Sunday matinee performances. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500.
Located next to The Bistro is a full-service catering venue, The Farmhouse at People’s Light, perfect for weddings, corporate events, and special celebrations. Contact the Farmhouse Sales Team at 610.647.1631 x156 or email@example.com.
ABOUT PEOPLE’S LIGHT
Now in its 44th season, People’s Light, a professional, not-for-profit theatre in Chester County, Pennsylvania, makes plays drawn from many sources to entertain, inspire, and engage our community. We extend our mission of making and experiencing theatre through arts education programs that excite curiosity about, and deepen understanding of, the world around us. These plays and programs bring people together and provide opportunities for reflection, discovery, and celebration. Founded in 1974, we produce eight to nine plays each season, in two black box theatres with 340 and 160 seats respectively, mixing world premieres, contemporary plays, and fresh approaches to classic texts. Through two new play initiatives, New Play Frontiers and the Harmony Lab, People’s Light currently has seven active play commissions. Of our 444 productions, over a third (167) have been world or regional premieres.