In the Footlight Club's "Our Town," director Katie Swimm uses the 1930s play's movement and music to tell the story through an ensemble of actors that reflect the diverse community of Jamaica Plain in 2018. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. Playwright Thornton Wilder penned "Our Town” in the 1930s when he was in his 30s, as a response to not being satisfied with theater of his era. Uniquely, it is narrated by a stage manager and is performed with minimal props and sets. Wilder wanted to create something that was more direct, which led to the play’s distinctive self-awareness and breaking of the fourth wall, which was not common back then, and is a beloved aspect of the show now.