Tappan Wilder to visit Artists Rep for the show & convo!

Tappan Wilder

Owen Carey

This season we had the distinct pleasure of spending time with two playwrights whose work we were producing...and now we have another treat! In the fall, Carlos Lacámara was here as Cuba Libre was developed and rehearsed, and participated in many interviews and events. Just last month, Heidi Schreck came to the opening night performance of her play Grand Concourse and talked with press, donors, and audience members.

Next week, we are thrilled to welcome Tappan Wilder, the nephew and literary executor for the legendary playwright Thornton Wilder. He’s coming to Portland to see our revival production of The Skin of Our Teeth – he’s as close as you can get to having time with the late Thornton Wilder.

During Tappan’s visit, Artists Rep will host two conversations with this pre-eminent expert, offering the public the opportunity to learn more about the life and works of Thornton Wilder, as well as discuss the production of The Skin of Our Teeth.

Thursday, June 16 @10pm – Post-show with director Dámaso Rodriguez.

Friday, June 17 @ 6:30pm – Pre-show with moderator Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch     

>Both opportunities will be held at Artists Rep and are FREE and open to the public!

Tappan Wilder (as he is known) is Thornton Wilder's nephew and has served as the literary executor and manager of his uncle's intellectual property since 1995. He plays a similar role for the literary legacies of Thornton Wilder's three sisters and brother, all of whom were also writers.

In 2006, Mr. Wilder completed work on a nine-volume HarperCollins re-issue of Thornton Wilder's novels and major plays. For each volume in this series he contributed an Afterword containing a history of the work together with selected readings, many from unpublished sources.  Earlier, he served as co-editor (with Donald Gallup) of TCG’s two-volume edition of Thornton Wilder's short plays. He is currently engaged in revisions of selected titles in the HarperCollins re-issue series and overseeing new or revised acting editions for all of Wilder’s dramatic works.  Mr. Wilder is also working with Wipf & Stock Publishers on the re-publication of seventeen of Amos Niven Wilder’s works covering the fields of New Testament studies, literature and religion, literary criticism and poetry.

Mr. Wilder consulted with the scholarly team of Robin G. Wilder and Jackson R. Bryer, editors of The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder, published by HarperCollins in 2008 and with J.D. McClatchy, editor of the Library of America’s three volumes devoted to Thornton Wilder’s drama and fiction (published 2007, 2009 & 2012).  For more than a decade, he worked closely with Penelope Niven, whose biography Thornton Wilder: A Life (2012) is the first Wilder biography to draw on extensive Wilder family materials never before made available to researchers.

Mr. Wilder has also had the pleasure of overseeing several successful new works based on his uncle’s plays, among them the Our Town opera (with libretto by poet J.D. McClatchy and score by composer Ned Rorem) which premiered in 2006, and an adaptation of George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem (begun by Wilder in 1939 and completed by playwright Ken Ludwig in 2006).

Mr. Wilder, who speaks widely about his uncle’s life, is a graduate of Yale College and holds a MA in history from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a M. Phil in American Studies from Yale. Before moving to the Washington, DC area in 1979 to help establish Partners for Livable Places (now Communities), he held a number of administrative positions at Yale, principally in the field of urban studies.  He now lives in Northern California.

Mr. Wilder is a member of P.E.N. (American Center), a former Trustee of the Yale Library Associates,
an honorary trustee of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and a member of the National Council of Graywolf Press.  He is also proud to serve as Honorary Chair of The Thornton Wilder Society. More information at thorntonwilder.com.