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Thornton Wilder

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Our Town | Characters

Character Description
Stage Manager Known only by his title, the Stage Manager generally performs as a narrator, not a character; he is onstage almost constantly, but none of the living characters knows he is there. Read More
Emily Webb Gibbs Emily is a bright, studious girl who marries George Gibbs; when Act 3 begins, Emily has just died in childbirth. Read More
George Gibbs Star of the baseball team and future farmer, George is the quintessential "boy next door" who falls in love with Emily; his last action in the play is to fall full-length at her grave. Read More
Dr. Gibbs Frank Gibbs is the town physician—a kindly, hardworking man who dislikes gossip and is tolerant of human frailty. Read More
Mr. Webb Charles Webb is the editor of the Grover's Corners newspaper. Read More
Belligerent man The belligerent man is a character in the audience who asks questions about social justice in Grover's Corners.
Sam Craig A local boy who moved away, Sam returns for his cousin Emily's funeral.
Joe Crowell Joe is the town's newspaper boy, who enjoys chatting with townspeople as he makes his deliveries; but the main thing the audience knows about him is that he dies in World War I.
Si Crowell Joe's younger brother, Si, takes over the paper route.
Mrs. Gibbs Julia Hersey Gibbs, George's and Rebecca's mother, dreams of using a financial windfall to see Paris but ends up leaving the money to George and Emily.
Rebecca Gibbs Rebecca Gibbs is George's younger sister, who is about 11 when the play begins; she's good at saving her allowance.
Lady in a box The lady in a box is a character in the audience who asks questions about culture in Grover's Corners.
Mr. Morgan Mr. Morgan owns a drugstore in Grover's Corners.
Howie Newsome Howie is the town's milkman who, like Joe Crowell, is a source of local news and gossip as he makes his rounds; most of his conversations with customers are weather-related; he always thinks the weather will improve.
Mrs. Soames Louella Soames is a friend and fellow choir member of Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb; she's excitable and gossipy.
Simon Stimson Simon Stimson is the troubled church organist who commits suicide.
Joe Stoddard Joe Stoddard is the town's undertaker.
Constable Warren Constable Bill Warren is always seen walking his beat; he knows plenty of local stories but is rarely called on to enforce the law.
Mrs. Webb Myrtle Webb, Emily's and Wally's mother, was once the second prettiest girl in town.
Wally Webb Wally, Emily's younger brother, doesn't do much in the play; still, it's a shock when Emily announces Wally died years before she did.
Professor Willard The Stage Manager introduces Professor Willard, "of our State University," to give a short, uninspiring presentation on the geological and anthropological history of Grover's Corners.
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