Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Stages
John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" Oct. 1–10
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," directed by Acting Professor Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, Oct. 1–10. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"'The Grapes of Wrath' is one of America's favorite novels, and, due to the work of the adaptor Frank Galati, now one of its greatest theatrical inventions," said Professor Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama. "I chose the work to open our season, in collaboration with Director Mackenzie-Wood, as I believe the play holds a mirror up to a contemporary fiscal and environmental landscape that is truly alarming. The theatre at its best should provoke, move, question and engage and I hope the audience attending the production experiences all of these actions."
A story of courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming hardship, Steinbeck's Nobel Prize-winning novel examines a family of sharecroppers who strive for the American dream in an environment that raises then shatters their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Galati's adaptation combines Steinbeck's powerful language with masterful theatrical invention. The Joad family's noble search for a better life in a period of extreme economic distress has an inescapable resonance for today's audiences.
Ticket prices begin at $23 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid Carnegie Mellon identification. For complete ticket prices, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407 or visit www.drama.cmu.edu.
Pictured above are Nicholas Cutrow, Caitlin Kimball and Hunter Seagroves. Photo by Louis Stein.