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The Skin of Our Teeth (Updated 2/11/13)

Greenberg Theatre

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Written by Thornton Wilder
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York City
Thursday, February 14–Saturday, February 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m.
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors
Purchase tickets online at or call 202-885 ARTS

The play follows the saga of an American family's survival in the face of incredible obstacles: the ice age, fratricide, adultery, the great flood, and war. The story highlights the strength and endurance of the American family as they persevere through life's extraordinary challenges.

The Skin of Our Teeth won Thornton Wilder his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1942, following his previous win for Our Town in 1938.

The play's production will be supplemented by an Outreach Project, which will reinforce the universality of the play's themes. The face and make up of the modern American family has changed dramatically since 1942, and the Outreach Project endeavors to connect Wilder's view of the American family to the reality of families today. The Outreach Project will also partner with local organizations that support families.

Produced in conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebration of Our Town at Ford's Theatre, the cast of The Skin of Our Teeth will also perform "The Long Christmas Dinner," one of Wilder's short plays, at the Ford's Theatre on Monday, February 11, 2013.

The Skin of Our Teeth Talk Back: What About Family?
Feb. 16, following the 2 p.m. matinee

Enjoy a talk back following the Saturday matinee of The Skin of Our Teeth with director Carl Menninger and representatives from the Latin American Youth Center of D.C. mediated by The Skin of Our Teeth dramaturg Nicole Cusick. We will be discussing why it is important to do this show now and what it means to do it in Washington, D.C. We will also hopefully answer the question: what is it about family?

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