Venue: Main Stage
The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Comes to Life On Stage
Adapted by Frank Galati from the Novel by John Steinbeck
Starring: Kirk Blackinton as Tom Joad, Kurt Johnson as Jim Casy, Matt K. Miller as Pa Joad, & Laura Kaya as Ma Joad
Directed By: Michael Stevenson
Running Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Parental Guidance: Appropriate for High School Age & Older
Community Partnership: Sacramento Public Library
Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel opens STC’s 2014-2015 Season of Legends, Epics, and Icons. The Grapes of Wrath is an epic story of one family’s enduring spirit in the face of incredible hardship. Set during the Great Depression, the play follows the Joads, a family of tenant farmers who are driven from their Oklahoma home to California due to drought, economic hardship, and agricultural changes incited by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the novel’s original publication in 1939, and the production returns to STC’s stages 20 years after its last production for a new generation to witness and enjoy. This new production will feature many STC favorites and on-stage musicians (Misner & Smith), as well as members of STC’s Young Professionals Conservatory playing the youngest members of the Joad family.
This production is made possible, in part, through a grant from The Big Read–a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. STC will partner with the Sacramento Public Library and the Sacramento State University Library on special The Grapes of Wrath-themed events, such as book clubs and readings, during the months of September and October.