Each act of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH is set during an environmental or human catastrophe: War, an Ice Age, and a Great Flood. And yet, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH is essentially hopeful about the human capacity for resilience and reinvention. Literature, art, and music – along with friends, family, and our pets – can help us to survive the darkest moments in our lives. We want to know: what helps you to be #resilient when times are tough?
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THE BIBLE IN THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
Three years into the Civil War, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that all enslaved people “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Although the Civil War ended in 1865, African Americans would spend the next hundred years struggling to receive the rights they were promised.
Print: "Moses receiving the Ten Commandments," Anonymous, 1450.
Thornton Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder, speaks about all the various ingredients that make THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH so funny and poignant.
PHILOSOPHY AND MYTHOLOGY IN THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
Various philosophers and mythical figures appear as actual characters in THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. For example, a Roman myth served as the inspiration for the character Sabina's name. The Sabines were an actual tribe that lived in the hills near ancient Rome. Romulus, one of Rome's mythological founders, was said to have kidnapped a group of Sabine women in order to help populate the city of Rome.
Painting: "Abduction of the Sabine Women" by Nicolas Poussin.