“There are the stars – doing their old, old crisscross journeys in the sky.  Scholars haven’t settled the matter yet, but they seem to think there are no living beings up there.  Just chalk…or fire.  Only this one is straining away, straining away all the time to make something of itself.  The strain’s so bad that every sixteen hours everybody lies down and gets a rest”.

– part of the stage manager’s closing address in our town, by thornton wilder (1938).