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The Classics at Brucemore

Event Details

July 9, 2015 8:00 PM — July 18, 2015 8:00 PM
Location: Brucemore
2160 Linden Dr
Cedar Rapids, Iowa/52403
Contact Name: Jennifer
Email: intern@brucemore.org
Phone: 319-362-7375
Website: http://www.brucemore.org/events/calendar/2015/07/09/the-classics-at-brucemore-our-town

Event Description

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Classics at Brucemore with an outdoor performance of Our Town—July 9 – 11 and 16 – 18 at 8:00 p.m. Watch as Thornton Wilder’s beloved American classic comes to life as Brucemore’s scenic outdoor amphitheater becomes the backdrop of Grover’s Corner. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to the show; the gates will open at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for Brucemore Members and students and $20 for adults. All tickets at the gate are $25. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brucemore.org, by calling (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center.

One of the most iconic pieces of American theater, Our Town tells the story of two families living in the small town of Grover’s Corner as they navigate the joys and difficulties of everyday life. With its universal themes of love, marriage, and death, Our Town has been translated into dozens of languages and is one of the most frequently performed plays in the world. The characters’ experiences will resonate with audiences of diverse backgrounds. The show will feature original music commissioned from Cedar Rapids native Luke Gullickson, who will play along with the Grant Wallace Band in the show.

Audiences attend the Classics once and realize that what is in their picnic basket is nearly as important as what is onstage. From carryout pizza or deli-sandwiches to elaborate spreads of antipasto plates and roasted chicken, dining is taken to a new level with Brucemore’s version of dinner and a show. Packing for a Classics picnic just became easier. Brucemore is partnering with The Early Bird to offer patrons the opportunity to have their picnic waiting for them at the show. Select one of three dining options, call Brucemore (319) 362-7375 to place an order, pick it up in the Visitor Center the night of the event, and enjoy the Classics experience. Picnics must be purchased at least 24 hours before the show date by calling (319) 362-7375. A “Classics Package” is also available, including a wine tote, two picnics, and a bottle of wine. A complete list of the picnic options can be found at www.brucemore.org.

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette and KCRG-TV9, Our Town features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Nineteen return to the Classics stage, including Jason Alberty, David Bolt, Ben Charles, Leslie Charipar, Taylor Foster, Harrison Ginsberg, Lincoln Ginsberg, Megan Ginsberg, Steve Ginsberg, Larry Hansen, Scott Humeston, Jim Kern, Jessica Link, David Morton, Marty Norton, Rip Russell, Susan Streit, Cherryl Moon Thomason, and Rick Titus. Making their Classics debut are Alisa Gerhold and Anna Neumann, as well as members of the Grant Wallace Band—Chris Fischer-Lockhead, Luke Gullickson, and Ben Hjertmann. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website, www.brucemore.org.

The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and twentieth century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the natural amphitheater, incorporating the estate itself into the action; actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families. Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.