ISU Theatre’s drama, Our Town, opens in Iowa State University’s Fisher Theater for six performances beginning Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.


Rachel Henderson, a senior in Performing Arts from Waukee, will play the role of Mrs. Gibbs,


Ordinary life has great joys that very few people fully appreciate. There are also the transcendent moments surrounding love and death that come to all. This masterpiece of American theatre takes place in a small New England town at the turn of the last century. Through its themes lies the understanding that we are all connected no matter when we have lived and that we all know in our hearts that something is eternal and it isn’t the objects we own.


Narrated by the Stage Manager (played by Professor of Theatre Jane Cox) and performed with minimal props and sets, we follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is described by Edward Albee as “… the greatest American play ever written.”


Guest Lighting Designer for the production is Jim Lile, an ISU alum originally from Ankeny, currently an Associate Professor at Florida State University. Assistant Costume Designer is Sarah Henrich, a junior at ISU in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from LeMars and Sound Designer is Matthew Millard, an ISU freshman in Performing Arts from Bondurant.


Performance dates are April 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.


Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $11 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.