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Thornton Wilder's The Emporium

June 17 – 26, 2022

  • Completed by Kirk Lynn

  • Directed by Rob Melrose 

  • Workshop performance

  • NEUHAUS THEATRE

Overview

Kirk Lynn, Artistic Director of Austin’s Rude Mechs theatre collective, collaborates with the late Thornton Wilder, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Our TownThe Skin of Our Teeth, and The Matchmaker, on Wilder’s last, lost, full-length play. In the era of the great department stores, a young man from an orphanage is adopted by a farmer but runs away to the big city only to discover… all this is only a metaphor, and maybe life is really an elaborate job interview to determine if we even qualify to apply for our own existence.

CONTENT ADVISORY

The Emporium contains mild Language and passing references to Violence and suicide in this contemporary adaptation of an unfinished play by one of America's greatest writers. To learn more about the content of this show, please click here for our content advisory page.

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Creative Team

Kirk Lynn

Playwright

Rob Melrose

Director

Rebecca R.D. Hamlin

Stage Manager

Afsaneh Aayani

Scenic Design Coordinator

Lisa Longoria

Costume Design Coordinator

Nina Saunders

Lighting Design Coordinator

Yezminne Zepeda

Sound Design Coordinator

The Cast

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Sally Wingert

as Bernice, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Dobb, Mrs. D'Agostino, Ermengarde Craigie

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David Rainey

as Mr. Foster, Mr. Graham, Mr. Hobmeyer, Mr. Connover, Mr. Craigie

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Shawn Sides

as Miss Frisbee

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Elizabeth Bunch

as Miss Coley

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Shawn Hamilton

as Mr. Benjamin