Those who appreciate Thornton Wilder’s, Our Town, will love to experience The Mount Players’ production of his one-act play, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. As per Wilder’s forte, this play is filled with honest human interaction set in a relatable setting to everyone: a long road trip with the family.
Originally performed in 1931, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 1993. Now in 2013, theatre goers will have a chance to see another revival of Wilder’s work by The Mount Players, in their first production at Mount Wachusett Community College.
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden will be performed in the Mount Wachusett Community College Theatre on Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free.
The story follows Elmer Kirby, “Pa,” Kate Kirby, “Ma,” and their children, Arthur and Caroline, as they hit the highway to visit their recently married daughter, Beullah, who lives in Camden and who unfortunately lost her baby during childbirth. As the play rolls along, the Kirbys reminisce about past good times and appreciate the blessings in the present, while talking, laughing, and sometimes crying. The scene never leaves the Kirby’s family car, and although not much changes, Wilder put all of human nature into that one vehicle for audiences to see.