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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Emporium and the American Department Store

Thornton Wilder’s The Emporium, completed by Kirk Lynn, is a portrayal of one man’s journey to obtain employment at the eponymous department store. It is interesting to consider the rise of department stores and how their economic and cultural growth in America aligns perfectly with the journey of the main character, John.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Specialty Cocktail: Thornton Wilder’s The Emporium

If you enjoyed the specialty cocktail for The Emporium, here is your chance to make it yourself at home.

Monday, May 13, 2024

What does it mean to present an unfinished Thornton Wilder play?

This Spring, Alley Theatre will be presenting the first-ever production of an unfinished play by renowned American dramatist Thornton Wilder. But what does it mean to present an unfinished play? How is it possible that nearly 50 years after Wilder’s death, The Emporium will finally appear before an audience?

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Emporium: Director’s Reflections

You are about to have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the world premiere of a play by one of America’s greatest playwrights: Thornton Wilder. To do a project like this has been a dream of mine for a long, long time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Thornton Wilder: A Giant of the American Stage

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) is a towering figure in American theatre. A playwright and novelist, Wilder's work explored universal human themes like love, family, purpose, and the passage of time. Although his thematic focus was broad, Wilder developed a distinctive storytelling approach that continues to resonate with audiences today.