How Small is Your World?
If there’s anything I would’ve like to have written and directed it’s Our Town, an iconic play by Thornton Wilder about Grover’s Corners, a fictional American community. It is particularly relevant to me because it explores the relationships between people in a small town. Having been raised in small communities around the South, I have a connection to places where everybody knows everybody else (for better and worse). People in those towns were my family’s extended family. We knew each other’s triumphs and downfalls, heartaches and miracles.
My history inspired the creation of Dukes. Hazzard County was comprised of a small community of people who helped and hurt each other; no matter what the circumstances, they were all connected by the place they lived (for better and worse). There was a southern simplicity to their small town, and those from the big-city were, as narrator Waylon Jennings described it when the Duke boys went to Atlanta, “…a little out of their picture when it comes to breakin’ in the big city.” All of the villains and troublemakers were from the big city, whether it was Atlanta or farther north.
That said, I think we’re all small town people. Even those in big cities stay close to their neighborhoods or boroughs. Most of us like the familiar feeling of walking into the market and seeing the same cashier and knowing them by name. There are countless “small towns” within big cities all over America and much of the world.
The way I see it, all of us stretch our arms as wide as they’ll reach, and whatever’s inside is our town.