UF School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Published: December 28th, 2010

Category: Announcements, InsideUF, Top Stories

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- The University of Florida College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance will present Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6 on the Constans Stage in the UF Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion.

Director Charlie Mitchell encourages everyone to come out and see the production, not just theatergoers and lovers of Steinbeck’s work.

“This isn’t a message play; it’s a play about questions. It’s how we treat people at the lowest rung that defines our humanity. The play is about our place in the world, how we treat others; everything from god and sin to basic human rights. This play questions the notion of what family is. What is that genetic bond, that shared history?”

“The Grapes of Wrath” follows the Joad family and its fight for survival as they migrate west from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl era. The Joads’ lives were ripped away entirely by nature, bad farming techniques, and bad government programs.

“This play has a lot to say about family. Fighting for dignity, they want to work, they want to make their own way in the world, they want to survive with pride. You can take a lot away from people but there is a core that good people protect,” Mitchell said.

The play will feature authentic period music performed live by local artist Tom Shed.

Frank Galati’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s American classic, “The Grapes of Wrath”, was originally produced on Broadway in 1990 and received the Tony Award for Best Play.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 29 and 31, and Feb. 5; and 2 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.

Tickets are $13 for UF students, faculty/staff and $17 for the general public. Tickets are available through the University of Florida Box Office at the Reitz Student Union Colonnade. Parking is available at the Reitz Student Union parking garage and the Museum Road parking lot.

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