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Quotes from the press


“This is theater at its best. Enormously entertaining and voluptuously intelligent.”

—Lavender Magazine

 

“… frighteningly prescient… Every decision by director/set designer Joel Sass underscores the tension between what Wilder wrote almost eight decades ago and what it means to us today.”

—Star Tribune

 

“… a spectacular staging by Girl Friday Productions.”

—Talkin’ Broadway

“75-year-old ‘Skin of our Teeth’ still has plenty of bite… a destination worthy of its journey.

—Pioneer Press

“… a multifaceted gem”

—How Was the Show

“Sass and the Girl Friday team (including MVP costume designer Kathy Kohl) saddle this daunting work and ride it through to its cosmic climax in a production that has fun with Wilder's satire without losing sight of the desperate humanity at its core.

—City Pages

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Supported in part by the Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program

The Skin of Our Teeth

By Thornton Wilder

 

February 7–March 3, 2019

Directed and designed by Joel Sass  

 

Girl Friday Productions was delighted to visit an old friend in 2019, with its new staging of The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. This production played February 7 through March 3, 2019 on the proscenium stage at Park Square Theatre.

 

Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, Wilder’s theatrical masterpiece is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and prehistoric New Jersey. Ice, floods, war, family strife, politics… the Antrobus family survives through eons of calamity with their hope intact. Girl Friday Productions took a fresh look at this comedy of epic proportions.

“When Girl Friday first explored this work in 2009, our country was in the depth of economic crisis,” says Girl Friday’s Artistic Director Kirby Bennett. “Today, we find ourselves facing different and more challenging circumstances. The Skin of Our Teeth explores the nature of human resilience in ways that are unexpected, hilarious and profoundly moving. Wilder’s work is a perfect fit with Girl Friday’s focus on exceptional literature, relevance, theatricality and the continuing wonder of this condition we call human.”

Find out more about Thornton Wilder at www.thorntonwilder.com

 

Cast:

Announcer (recorded): Ernest Briggs

Sabina: Alayne Hopkins*

Mr. Fitzpatrick: Sam Landman

Mrs. Antrobus: Kirby Bennett

Dinosaur: Pedro Juan Fonseca

Mammoth: Victoria Pyan

Telegraph Boy: Taj Ruler

Gladys: Kathryn Fumie

Henry: Neal Skoy

Mr. Antrobus: John Middleton*

Doctor: Ernest Briggs

Professor: Dana Thompson

Judge Moses: James Ramlet

Homer: Mike Swan

Miss E. Muse: Alice McGlave

Miss T. Muse: Wendy Freshman

Miss M. Muse: Taj Ruler

Announcer #1: James Ramlet

Annoucer #2: Victoria Pyan

Fortune Teller: Dana Lee Thompson

Chair Pusher: Mike Swan

Conveeners: Ernest Briggs, Ellen DeYoung, Corey Fern, Wendy Freshman, Pedro Juan Fonseca, Sam Landman, Alice McGlave, Victoria Pyan, James Ramlet, Taj Ruler, Mike Swan          

Broadcast Official: Wendy Freshman

Broadcast Assistant: Taj Ruler

Cameraman: Corey Fern      

Mr.Tremayne: James Ramlet

Hester: Wendy Freshman

Ivy: Alice McGlave

Fred Bailey: Ernest Briggs

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Guest Artist Contract.

 

Production Team:

Director and Scenic Designer: Joel Sass**

Assistant Director: Chava Curland

Stage Manager: Penny Laden Kissinger

Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Burger

Production Manager: Brian Columbus

Lighting Designer: Mike Kittel

Video Designer: Kathy Maxwell

Costume Designer: Kathy Kohl

Costume Design Assistant: Mary Farrell

Sound Design and Video Programmer: C Andrew Mayer

Sound Operator: Jerry Hsiao

Props Design: Rick Polenek

Cinematographer of Projection Design: Maxwell Collyard 

Dramaturg: Christine Gordon

Fight Choreographer: Annie Enneking

Scenic Charge: Mary Montgomery-Jensen

Technical Director: Gaea Dill-D’Ascoli

Vocal Coach: Lucinda Holshue

Running Crew/Ensemble Essentials: Ellen DeYoung, Corey Fern

Graphic Design: Wendy Ruyle and 5 by 5 Design, Madge Duffey

Photographers: Richard Fleischman and Petronella Ytsma

Hospitality Captain: Philip Losacker

Producer and Artistic Director: Kirby Bennett

**Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

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