COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival commissioned photographer Ashley Garrett to create a photographic portrait of each cast member for its upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s" Our Town."
The photographs are exhibited as a collection titled “This Is the Way We Were,” and are being shown at Cold Spring’s Gallery 66 through August 28.
"Our Town" will place three professional HVSF actors alongside 39 community members drawn from all over the Hudson Valley. Cold Spring resident John Christian Plummer will direct the production and it will be presented under the HVSF tent at Boscobel during Labor Day weekend, and in Peekskill.
The 42-person cast of Our Town reflects the true diversity of the Hudson Valley, with individuals from Tarrytown to Poughkeepsie, aged 11 to 78, and of many races and socioeconomic backgrounds, organizers said.
“This Is the Way We Were” seeks to capture this group, in all their specificity and diversity, organizers said. Ashley Garrett created a portrait of every cast member presenting themselves in their favorite clothes, as well as a group shot of the entire cast. It is Garrett’s hope that the community members being captured feel complete ownership over the images and the exhibition.