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“Ripe Frenzy” demands dialogue on school shootings

Rohan Press, A&E Reporter

December 12, 2019

For senior Miranda LaFond, dramaturge (i.e. literary advisor) for “Ripe Frenzy” — a play by Jennifer Barclay telling the story of a high school shooting in a small town in upstate New York — the violence of school shootings complicates our individuated understanding of "perpetrator" and encourages...

Contextualizing “Our Town”

Contextualizing “Our Town”

Kaitlin Cho, A&E Reporter

November 7, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 1, a mix of Whitman faculty, First Congregational Church members and Whitman and Walla Walla High School students stood before rows of pews at the First Congregational Church and performed Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” one of America’s most produced plays, in a simple cold read. ...

Thinking like a writer yields more fulfilling life

Sam Chapman

April 5, 2012

When I was a junior in high school, I acted in a production of "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's classic play, in which a layer of sweet Americana conceals a core of pure human misery. In a key scene, the protagonist asks the omniscient narrator if anybody "realizes life while they live it." "No," replies...

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