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ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre Online Launches 
Companion Site to "Our Town"
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Theater legend has is it that Our Town has been performed nightly, somewhere in the world, ever since its Broadway premiere in 1938. On Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 9pm EXXONMOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE kicks off its 33rd season with the acclaimed Westport Country Playhouse production starring Paul Newman as the Stage Manager--a role for which he received Tony and Emmy Award nominations in 2003. 
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ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre Online Launches Companion Site to Our Town
 
Our Town is a co-production between Showtime Networks and WGBH Boston for ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection. Masterpiece Theatre's Rebecca Eaton is executive producer and Marc Bauman is the producer. James Naughton is the director for Showtime and PBS.
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Features on the Our Town Web site include: 

• The Wilder Life: Chart the life of Thornton Wilder--archetypical American author, recipient of three Pulitzers, creator of Hello, Dolly!--and his connection to Robert De Niro.

• Interview with Newman: Get a first-hand account of the Our Town production from Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman and director James Naughton.

• Our Town or OT? : OT; Our Town is an acclaimed documentary about a production of Our Town put on by students at Dominquez High school in Compton, CA—a town seemingly light years away from Grovers Corner, NH. Find out how a dreaded assignment turned into a powerful voyage of self-discovery. 

• Williamstown, Westport, the world: Shine a spotlight on Our Town performances of note.

• Drama to Film: Follow the scene (Joe Crowell, Jr. delivers the Sentinel to Mr. Webb) from Thornton Wilder's original play to the scene as recreated by the Westport Country Playhouse. Has the scene changed? What would you do differently?

• American Collection Learning Resources: Delve into our Teacher Guide for Our Town and join our Book Club.

• Links: Explore everything from the Thornton Wilder Society to the documentary OT: Our Town: 
Plus great regular features like cast list, synopsis, and the forum. 

Our Town is a co-production between Showtime Networks and WGBH Boston for ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection. Masterpiece Theatre's Rebecca Eaton is executive producer and Marc Bauman is the producer. James Naughton is the director for Showtime and PBS.

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre Online is produced in association with WGBH Interactive, Boston, which produces Web sites supporting WGBH national series such as NOVA, Antiques Roadshow, and Arthur. WGBH Interactive also produces WGBH Online (www.wgbh.org), updated weekly for WGBH viewers, members and listeners throughout the Northeast.  The WGBH Educational Foundation is the single largest producer of primetime television programs and Web sites seen nationally on PBS and PBS ONLINE.

PBS.org, PBS's award-winning site on the World Wide Web, produces high-quality Web programming as it pioneers the convergence of television and the Internet. PBS.org features more than 150,000 pages of content as well as companion Web sites for more than 500 PBS programs and specials, and is the #1 "dot-org" Web site in the world.  (Source: Nielsen NetRatings)
For more information contact Ellen Dockser, WGBH Boston, 617-300-5338, ellen_dockser(-at-)wgbh.org or Leah Diorio, WGBH Boston, 617-300-5328, 
leah_diorio(-at-)@wgbh.org
 
 



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