Thursday, September 29, 2005

"Our Town" Cast Includes Our Classmate

We'll definitely have an opportunity to see Mickey Crocker (a.k.a. Mickey Gartland) live and on stage next year. She has a role in the Madison Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Opening February 15, 2006, "Our Town" will be The Rep's first production in its new permanent home: The Playhouse at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Many other local actors have also been cast in "Our Town." Leading the cast will be an actor with a special "Madison Connection:" Broadway star Andre De Shields (photo at right), will play Stage Manager. In addition to playing the lead in The Rep's 1966 production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner," De Shields, who began his acting career while he was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, originated the role of Horse in the Broadway production of "The Full Monty" and has appeared in many other Broadway shows. He's also been featured on many television shows, including "Sex in the City." Last year, UW-Madison awarded him an honorary degree.

There is another interesting "Madison connection" to this play. Playwright Thornton Wilder was born in Madison on April 17, 1897. If his family had stayed in Madison, instead of moving to Hong Kong in 1906, Wilder would no doubt have attended Madison High School, the precursor to Madison Central High School.

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