The Skin of Our Teeth

By Thornton Wilder

Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

May 17, 2016 – June 19, 2016

Alder Stage

This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad’s just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With a giant cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.

  • Rare and epic revival of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize winner
  • An evening of absurdist adventure in three acts
EXTENDED through June 19
RUN TIME = 2 hours 30 minutes including two 15 minute intermissions

Cast and Production Team


Sara Hennessy +^


Don Alder +

Mr. Antrobus

Linda Alper +^

Mrs. Antrobus

Val Landrum +^


Shawn Lee


Sarah Lucht +^

Stage Manager/Conveener/Various Animals

Michael Mendelson +*^

Moses/Conveener/Bingo Caller/Various Animals

Vana O'Brien +^

Announcer/Doctor/Broadcast Official/Various Animal

Chris Harder +^

Homer/Conveener/Various Animals

Lauren Modica +

Fortune Teller/Ensemble

Sky Jude

Dinosaur/ Other Various Animals

Dámaso J. Rodríguez

Telegraph Boy/Young Mozart/Various Animals

Eva Rodríguez

Woolly Mammoth /Other Various Animals



Scenic & Projection Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Costume Designer: Gregory Pulver ^

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Production Assistant: Esther McFaden ±

Assistant Director: Joshua Rippy

Wig Design: Jane Holmes

Assistant Costume Designer: Josie Benedetti

Props Master: Emily Wilken

Lead Wardrobe: Sundance WIlson Henry

Deck Crew/Youth Supervisor: Grace Owens

Deck Crew: Charlie Capps

Board Op: Duncan Lynch

Board Op: Alan Cline

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




“Hilarious, imaginative, creative, satirical and exciting ... Fearlessly rendered by Artists Repertory Theatre, this laugh-a-second, multi-millennia mindbender shouldn't be missed…” - Lee Williams, Oregon Live, read the rest here.

“(Director Dàmaso) Rodríguez keeps the pace swift and rhythmic even when the stage gets jam-packed, and the show looks as smart and playful as a ten-gallon hat on a two-gallon head can look.” “…Wilkerson’s expansive scenic design ... brilliantly defies the odds: if the stage were blown out any further, it’s be slopping over onto Burnside Street.” - Bob Hicks, ArtsWatch. Read it here.

"Through a raucous three acts, The Skin of Our Teeth puts the intensity of now through a blender of satire and cheeky burlesque, relegating all of human existence to the perpetual struggle of mere survival. In the end, our elections and our inventions mean very little in the face of global catastrophe." - William Bessette, Read it here.

“It is wild, disconcerting, imaginative, thought-provoking, heart-breaking, breaks all the rules of conventional theatre and, most importantly, it works!” - Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews. Read it here.

“…three phenomenal acts…” - Russell Hausfeld, Willamette Week



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