The Broad Stage Presents Oscar Winner Helen Hunt in the Los Angeles Premiere of David Cromer's Production of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder

January 13th - February 12th, 2012

Opening Night January 18th, 2012

Award-Winning Director David Cromer Makes Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Relevant

Nov 30, 2011, 15:19 ET from The Broad Stage

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt and MacArthur Award-winning director David Cromer triumph in a landmark production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town that is "... probably the only production to enter the theater history books" (New York Times). Forget nostalgic Americana or anything you recall from your high school production. Our Town has been reclaimed as the relevant and urgent work of art about living here and now, reminding us why it is a truly timeless – and timely – masterpiece. KCRW presents this production with Helen Hunt as the Stage Manager leading many of the original Chicago/New York cast.  

The entire Broad Stage will be reconfigured to accommodate this innovative production of Our Town. "The challenge when we went to The Broad was how can we not separate ourselves from our audience? We're changing the footprint of the space in a very fascinating and interesting way, creating something that is physically very near to the audience and very intimate," stated Cromer.

Helen Hunt, a four-time Emmy winner for Mad About You, won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in As Good As It Gets, co-starring with Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson. In this production of Our Town, Hunt shines in a role traditionally given to such luminaries as Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, giving her own indelible interpretation. Hunt's performance draws out untapped resonances between the Stage Manager and the women of Our Town, adding a depth of feeling to a role often played with dry detachment.

Director David Cromer, who has also played the Stage Manager, says Hunt brings a potent mix of qualities to the role. Cromer won an Obie Award for his direction of a 2009 production of Our Town and in 2010 was named a MacArthur Fellow. In early 2011, he directed the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves, which starred Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Tickets: Previews: $40-$65; Opening Night: $95-$175 (includes after-party); TU/WED/THUR: $50-$85; FRI/SAT Matinee: $65-$110 and FRI/SAT Evening: $85-$135. Tickets available online at or call 310.434.3200. Parking is FREE.

Vanessa Butler, 213.446-0774

SOURCE The Broad Stage