Livingston Arts Presents a Benefit Production of:
THE CLASSIC 1940 JOHN FORD WESTERN
The Grapes of Wrath
BY Frank Galati, from the novel by John Steinbeck
March 7 @ 7 pm
(Snow dates: March 8 or 9 same time)
Hunt Memorial Hall Main St. Hunt
$5 To Benefit Hunt Memorial Hall
Winner of the 1990 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. A powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Holding to the simplicity and directness of the original novel, the play uses the sparest of means to convey its timeless message of the persistence and strength of the human spirit as it battles against the adversities of nature and an uncaring society. “…majestic…leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit he saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found.” —NY Times. “This is, overall, a thrilling theatrical achievement that gets its power from the still sharp relevance of its human message…” —NY Post. “THE GRAPES OF WRATH is a lesson in history, stagecraft, and truth that we cannot afford not to learn.” —NY Magazine.
THE STORY: Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture starring Henry Fonda, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to all. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation which they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination—where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the stark realities of the Great Depression.
-Source: Dramatist’s Play Service.