Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Opens Actors Theatre of SF's 20th Season
In celebration of nineteen seasons of great theater and opening its twentieth season, Actors Theatre of San Francisco is reviving its landmark production of John Steinbecks beloved American Classic:
Of Mice and Men
Loyalty, friendship, loneliness, survival and the dreams that keep us going this is the essence Steinbeck captures in Of Mice and Men. Set in 1930s Salinas, two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, arrive at a ranch, hoping to earn enough money to fulfill their dream of living off the fat of the land. Their dream captures the imagination of other workers on the ranch, only to be shattered later by a tragic mistake.
Lennie, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man is obsessed with things soft and cuddly. This has made George cautious about who the gentle giant associates with and he promises to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land to keep Lennie calm and reassured. But when a ranch boss' wife is found dead in the barn, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.
John Steinbeck , growing up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history, is one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories. In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Cast and Crew:
Returning co-director Keith Phillips will once again work with past cast members, John Krause, Christian Phillips and Scott Agar Jaicks. The production will be co-directed by Phaedra Starr, designed by Biz Duncan and will include lighting by Rachel Klyce and performances by new cast members Michael Carlisi, Jessica Coghill, Charles Johnson, Joe Napoli, Douglass Nelson, Duncan Phillips and Dean Shreiner.
In August 1989, Actors Theatre opened its first season with David Rabes Hurlyburly in a small basement space and nineteen years later, Actors Theatre operates a ground level, 99 seat theatre at 855 Bush Street, has earned countless awards for artistic excellence, produced over 100 shows and has performed to hundreds of thousands of audience members.
Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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