It was the final curtain for the Words Players Theatre building.
The 10th annual Thornton Wilder Short Play Festival was presented by Words Players recently, the last production in the theater at 14 Fourth St. SW. The building has been sold and will be converted to other uses.
But first: Ten years of Thornton Wilder already? “I know, we were surprised,” said Daved Driscoll, artistic director of Words Players. “Four years ago, we talked about whether we should keep going because we had done all of his plays.”
The decision was to continue the festival, using Wilder’s works as a jumping off point to develop original plays and other works.
The festival featured five short plays by Thornton Wilder, as well as the premiere of two plays by local playwrights and selections from works by G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Elliot and others.
Each performance was followed by a discussion with the cast, directors and local playwrights.
Following Saturday’s performance, the audience will be invited to assist with dismantling spaces. Words Players is to have as much of its building space empty as possible by June 1. The theater company is to vacate the building by July 1.
Wilder is best known for his plays “Our Town,” “The Matchmaker” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” and his novel, “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” He wrote dozens of short plays, which have been staged by Words Players during the annual short play festival.
Performances are at 7 p.m. both days. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students.
The Words Players organization is seeking another home; meanwhile, the organization’s annual Shakespeare in the Park productions will be presented during Rochesterfest.