Kennesaw State presents American classic

Classic TheaterWorks‚ the resident theater company at Kennesaw State University‚ will…

Georgia (Apr 9, 2002) — Kennesaw State presents American classic



Classic TheaterWorks‚ the resident theater company at Kennesaw State University‚ will present "The Grapes of Wrath" in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater‚ April 16−21. Based on the Pulitzer Prize−winning book by John Steinbeck‚ the play was adapted by Frank Galati and earned a Tony Award during its Broadway run in the 1990s.

"This is such a powerful story about the indomitability of the human spirit‚" said director Laurence Ruth. "It is full of symbolism about the true meaning of life and family."

The play takes place during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s when thousands of families were displaced by catastrophic economic and climatic conditions. The Joad family struggles to remain together on a hazardous journey across the country from Oklahoma to California‚ where they hope to find new opportunity.

"After decades of poor farming methods‚ these people's farms were literally picked up by the wind and blown away‚" said Kennesaw State's resident dramaturg‚ Julia Matthews. "The photos from the period are almost unimaginable; tremendous clouds of dust devastated the midwest which‚ like the rest of the country‚ was already suffering from the Great Depression."

Despite the difficulties they encounter and several tragedies along the journey‚ the Joad family emerges more united and stronger in the end.

"This is an American tale not just because it was written by an American‚" Ruth said‚ "But also because it identifies so strongly with America's faith in the ability to overcome the most difficult of circumstances by sheer determination."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday‚ April 16 through Saturday‚ April 20 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday‚ April 21. The Thursday performance will be preceded by a public symposium at 7 p.m. and followed by a brief chat with the actors. Adult language‚ brief moments of nudity and gun violence occur during this production.

For tickets or more information‚ contact the KSU box office at 770−423−6650


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