Our Town in Oman…

Our Town in Oman (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Performing Our Town in Oman (Photo: Emily O’Dell)

This spring in the Sultanate of Oman, the seemingly impossible happened – a cast of expats and Omanis put on the first performance of Our Town in the Middle East. While directing this intrepid cast of mostly ​university ​students and teachers and performing the central role of Emily Webb, I was forced to contemplate the relevance of the play’s timeless themes, and the significance of performing this American classic on the Arabian Peninsula.


Grover’s Corners in Muscat (Photo: Emily O’Dell)

The actors in our staging of Our Town in Oman this spring hailed from towns around the globe — the Sultanate of Oman, the United States, Somalia, India, Great Britain, Holland, Ukraine, and beyond. To represent this diversity, I posted color photographs of “our towns” on the walls of the performance space like postcards, to bring together our far-flung geographies – from the desert dunes of Oman to the bombed-out buildings of Donestsk – as we tried to bring this masterpiece to life in Muscat. Stay tuned for more on this historic theatrical event that we staged in the Arabian Gulf…


Bringing this dramatic class to life in Oman (Photo: Emily O’Dell)

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