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‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ by Thornton Wilder

December 2 - 12

Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter-town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve; the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (“I don’t understand a word of this play!”). Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive – by the skin of their teeth.

Completed by Thornton Wilder less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, “The Skin of Our Teeth” (1942) broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, satire, and elements of the comic strip, Thornton Wilder depicts an Everyman family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from the Ice Age to flood to war.

Directed by Peter Sampieri.

Purchase Tickets

  • $15 general/$10 senior
  • SSU students, college students and under 18 admitted free.
  • Performances are December 2 - 4 and 9 - 11 at 7:30 pm and December 5 and 12 at 2 pm.

COVID-19 Safety

Masks are required indoors on the Salem State campus. Our venue capacities are reduced. We ask that you not attend any event if you are feeling unwell. All campus event attendees are expected to follow university policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at any of our venues.

When 5:00pm
Location
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Contact
Karen A Gahagan

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