THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
“One of the defining American dramatists of his century…” - John Lahr
“For an American dramatist, all roads lead back to Thornton Wilder” - Paula Vogel
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
A Tragicomedy By THORNTON WILDER
Directed by ARIN ARBUS
February 14 – March 19, 2017
“One of the defining American dramatists of his century…Wilder stages history as a series of giddy pratfalls, in which mankind keeps bouncing back from every near wipe-out.” – John Lahr
“For an American dramatist, all roads lead back to Thornton Wilder…He is and will remain through the ages: tough-minded, exacting, facing the darkness in human existence without apology.” – Paula Vogel
“‘What’s it all about?’ a man complained to his wife. ‘Why, George,’ she said. ‘It’s about love and hate and passion and everything—ever since the world began.’ ‘Well,’ the man said, ‘There must be more to it than that.’”
– Elia Kazan, director, 1942 Broadway premiere of The Skin of Our Teeth overhearing a couple opening night.
“What I love about Ms. Arbus as a director: a dream teacher…one who leads you into insights without pushing.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzers — the only author to win for a novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, which was written just before America entered WWII. The play is about fortitude and the fate of humanity, both at the moment Wilder wrote it and this moment now and at millions of earlier moments over thousands of years. And in a thousand years, if people are still on earth, the play will be about them too.
The Skin of Our Teeth takes place in a prehistoric world and the New Jersey suburbs. The Antrobus family–George and Maggie, their children, Gladys and Henry, and Sabina, a maid who is also George’s mistress–survive the Ice Age, the Flood, and war. Combining tragedy with comedy, wit, intelligence, imagination, and scenic surprise, the play, as Francis Fergusson wrote, is a “marriage of Plato and Groucho Marx.”
Join us for our free post-show conversations with artists and scholars that will take place after the Saturday matinee performances on March 4 and March 18.
Join us for a party with the cast and crew after the evening performance on Sunday, February 19 or Sunday, February 26. Every ticket purchased to those evening performances includes a drink ticket for use at the party.
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Production Photos
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH in Rehearsal
Costume Sketches of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
VIDEO: First Rehearsal
First Rehearsal Photographs
The Skin of Our Teeth is sponsored by Deloitte.
Endowment support for The Skin of Our Teeth is provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation Fund for Classic Drama.
Pictured: Arin Arbus, photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen.