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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
February 7, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Breathes New Life into the American Classic "The Skin of Our Teeth"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama presents a fascinating and innovative twist on an American classic, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Skin of Our Teeth." Ignoring the limits of time and space, just five characters and three acts are used to review the history of mankind.

The play finds the prototypical Antrobus family facing the Ice Age, a great flood, and finally a devastating war. On another level, it seems the theater itself is against them and the performance is in danger—from a character who talks out of turn to an outbreak of food poisoning backstage. "Nevertheless humanity survives, and the play does even better—t thrives, nearly 50 years after it was written," noted the Los Angeles Times.

"The Skin of Our Teeth" stretched the bounds of theatrical convention when it premiered in 1942, and continues to resonate today. Wilder once said, "Many plays—certainly mine—are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them." Emmy-nominated director Gregory Lehane, School of Drama directing faculty and founding member of Primary Stages Company in New York City, emphasizes the theatrical nature of this sweeping tale by integrating puppets and other performance objects to interact with the members of the Antrobus family, creating the theatrical, child-like storytelling at the core of the production.

"The Skin of Our Teeth" runs February 27 through March 1 and March 4 through 8, Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.

The School of Drama is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the production contact Lindsey A. Krieg at 412-268-1574 or to purchase tickets call the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407. For more information about the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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