A heart-wrenching full-cast adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by John Steinbeck, starring Jeffrey Donovan and Shirley Knight
Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together. Frank Galati’s play finds its timeless heart in the generous spirit of the common man.
This is an LA Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, Emily Bergl, Michael Buie, Daniel Chacón, Maurice Chasse, Shannon Cochran, Trista Delamere, Francis Guinan, Charlie Matthes, Rod McLachlan, Robert Pescovitz, Joel Rafael, Stephen Ramsey, Nick Sadler, Andy Taylor, Floyd Knowles, Todd Waring, Fredd Wayne, Michael Weston, and Kate Williamson, with live music performed by the Joel Rafael Band. Adapted by Frank Galati. Directed by Richard Masur and recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
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"This is like listening to a play or radio drama. It is enjoyable and well produced. As a Californian who grew up in the central valley and is familiar with the places described in this book. I have also met the descendants of the dust bowl migration and those who grew up doing farm labor. While there are interesting notes here, these people are largely forgotten in the popular imagination. The only thing about the development of the story is that it seems Steinbeck is fascinated by the struggles of the working class and sympathetic to socialism and atheism. "
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