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The Skin of Our Teeth

a comedy by Thornton Wilder

Follow the extraordinary Antrobus family through the ages as they survive various cataclysms by the skin of their teeth.

Department of Theatre & Drama

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
February 21-24, 2013



The Story: Meet the Antrobus family of Excelsior, NJ – Father (the inventor of the wheel), Mom, two children, and their maid Sabina. It’s a typical day – kids at school, Dad at work, Mom & Sabina dealing with home and pets – an ordinary day except...well, the world is going to end in twenty-four hours. How does one prepare for the apocalypse? Fortunately the Antrobuses are pros at survival, having lived through the end of the world a few times already in their five thousand year-old marriage. It will happen again as we follow the family through the ages in their quest to survive, even flourish, by the skin of their teeth.

Background: Earning Thornton Wilder his third Pulitzer Prize, The Skin of Our Teeth premiered in 1942 in the midst of WWII. The New York Times called it “an intellectual vaudeville about survival through the ages.” Combining absurdity with solemnity, Wilder uses anachronisms as the basis for comedy to show how, faced with cataclysmic disaster, the human race endures and recreates the world anew at every turn. Funny and profoundly moving, The Skin of Our Teeth is a riotous tour of humanity and a testament to abiding hope.

Artistic Staff

Director Jonathan Berry
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Costume Designer Jessica Hahn
Lighting Designer Aaron Tacy
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Stage Manager Samantha Vettrus



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower