Dec 5, 2007

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents John Steinbeck’s timeless epic, The Grapes of Wrath, on December 6-15. Directed by Matt Pugliese, a cast of 20 talented teens from throughout central Connecticut recreate this landmark of American literature in a stage adaptation by Frank Galati, with original music by Michael Smith and Joe Ricker.

One of the most widely read American novels, The Grapes of Wrath has been hailed as a powerful statement against social injustice and condemned as socialist propaganda. It tells the story of the Joad family, forced off their farm by the drought in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, and their journey from the Dust Bowl, together with thousands of other migrants, to find the American Dream in California. When they arrive, they discover the dream was an illusion, and they are forced to deal with inequity, violence, and hardship. The play is true to the 1939 novel and ends with a young woman’s quiet act of humanity. This play is recommended for mature audiences only.

A “can-can” preview of The Grapes of Wrath will be performed on December 6 at 7 pm. All tickets are “pay-what-you-can,” and audience members are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Amazing Grace food pantry. Additional performances are on December 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 at 7:30 pm. All performances are at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, in Middletown, CT. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, please call (860) 347-6143.

Major support for Oddfellows’ 2007-2008 season comes from the State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Stare Fund, The J. Walton Bissell Foundation, and the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.