Ora Jones Lights up Her Town

By Julie York Coppens

The queen. The caretaker. The police officer. The judge.

If she’s a figure of authority, chances are Ora Jones has played her on stage. The actor’s presence is so commanding that she’s often assigned roles historically filled by men—like the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, an American classic given an acclaimed staging last fall at the new Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.

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