New York City
Dandelion Wine takes place in Green Town, Illinois circa 1928. It’s a magical summer for young Douglas Spaulding. Green Town is a wonderful place to grow up, and school is out for the summer, leaving Douglas plenty of time for vacation adventures with his brother Tom, and with John, the best pal a young boy ever had. Lon Chaney is starring in the movie at the local cinema. A new pair of sneakers can make you feel invincible. A streetcar can get you where you want to go. Nights are filled with tales of the mysterious that send a delicious shiver of dread down the spine. The local inventor is intent on building a Happiness Machine. Grandpa makes dandelion wine. And Douglas experiences his first serious crush, for the town’s beautiful young librarian, Ann. Douglas is more than a boy, but not yet a man. Then, a stranger arrives named Forrester. His presence heralds events that will signal changes in Douglas’ life and indeed, in the lives of all the town’s inhabitants, forever. At a certain moment in time, in a certain place, life may seem perfect. But life proceeds as time moves forward. Change may be the price of being fully alive. It is also an opportunity for growth.
Final performance: April 7, 2024