December 13, 1940
As the culmination of a semester-long comparative study of film and dramatic techniques and with the interest and cooperation of Thornton Wilder and Sol Lesser, the producer of the film of Wilder’s play Our Town, the Experimental Theatre presented a production of the play combining stage and screen sequences. Weekly showings of films from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art had been part of the class work for the production, and photographic material from the museum’s collection was displayed in the theater.
“The Experimental Theatre production starts with the stage play, interpolates one movie cut-back; proceeds through the wedding scene, which is shown in both stage and film versions; gives the film version of the funeral, cutting to the stage finale. The stage manager, who ties the whole production together….will be played by Dr. Henry Noble MacCracken, president of Vassar College. Other male parts will be taken by men from the town and the college, while the women’s parts will be played by students in the dramatic production [class].” The New York Times