Middletown by Will Eno
Directed by Paige Tufford
March 20-21, 27-28 @ 8 p.m.
March 29 @ 2 p.m.
Student Sign Interpretation: March 29th)
500 N. Capitol Ave.
A deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. Described by theatre critics as a modern day equivalent to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.
"A play by Will Eno is a testament to the power of words and wordplay. The worlds he creates are shaped by the cadence, timing and positioning of words to tell stories about the everyday. In his absurdist, abstract drama Middletown [...] Eno offers up an old-fashioned version of small-town life that is familiar but with a tilt to the surreal." - Chicago Sun-Times
Cost $5 children & students
$10 seniors, LCC faculty/staff/alumni
$15 general seating
Online tickets may be purchased at: http://www.lcc.edu/showinfo
Middletown Director Paige Tufford says:
"I read this script and was instantly connected to the story and the characters. It is mythical, mystical, funny, touching, magical, heartbreaking, and profound and so much more….When I was researching it and one of the reviewers compared it to Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Even though Eno says in an interview that that wasn’t his intention, I can certainly see why that connection was made. It is an “Our Town” for our time and beautifully confronts the issues of the cycle of life and our place and purpose in that life….
"The characters tend to say exactly what they are thinking and feeling. They really don’t have any filters. While that has been refreshing and exciting to explore, our challenge was making the dialogue simply conversational. …
"One scene that does stand out to me is the intermission scene which happens just before the play’s real intermission. The characters in this scene represent us – the real, live audience – and they talk about what they’ve seen so far and how they are interpreting it. It’s a wonderful scene.”