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Dominguez High, in the infamous Compton, CA, has not produced a play in over twenty years. With no money and no stage, two teachers and twenty-four students attempt to produce Thornton Wilder's American Classic OUR TOWN.

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Catherine Borek ...
Teacher and Director of the Play
Karen Greene ...
Teacher and Director of the Play
Ebony Starr Norwood-Brown ...
Herself / The Stage Manager
Archie Posada ...
Himself / George Gibbs
Armia Robinson ...
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Jackie Oliver ...
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The Dominquez High School in Comptom, California--with an explosive culture of black and hispanic youths and dismal outlook of school life--has not produced a play in 20 years. They have nothing in the way of a theater program, nor a budget of any sort. This documentary chronicles the month and a half before the opening night play performance of their version of Our Town. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The original play "Our Town" opened at Henry Miller's Theater in New York City on 4 February 1938 and had 338 performances. See more »

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They Laughed; They Cried; They Stood and Applauded
24 July 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This documentary about kids in a really tough L.A. school attempting an unlikely production of Thorton Wilder's "Our Town" rocked the 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival. Throw out any preconceptions you have about dry, dull documentaries. This one plays like a well scripted, well cast comedy/drama only it's real. The audience laughed; they cried; they stood up and applauded at the end. Then they awarded this low budget gem the Audience Favorite Award out of 180 films including Golden Globe and Oscar submissions from near and far.

I understand it will be out on DVD in August from The Film Movement. This one is worth searching for if want to be inspired, touched deeply, and cheering for the good guys.


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