Sunday, March 8, 2009

Upcoming: Grapes of Wrath, Zach Scott Theatre, March 12 - May 10

Update: ALT review of "The Grapes of Wrath"

Update: "Austin Theatre Brings Economic Realities to Life," an article in the "Z News" blog of the Zach Theatre. "
If nothing else, THE GRAPES OF WRATH will provide families with a way to talk about hardship with teenagers and young adults who might be experiencing a financial downturn for the first time in their lives."

The Grapes of Wrath

Featuring a Live Musical Score!
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati
Directed by Dave Steakley • Music Direction by Allen Robertson
March 12 - May 10, 2009
Champagne Opening Night Saturday, March 14
Wilde Party March 26
Performance Calendar

Kleberg Stage
Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm (Please note the earlier evening curtain time of 7:30 pm) All seats only $20 every Wednesday night!
Photo by Dorothea Lange Art by Rona Ebert
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Click here to see photos from the Steppenwolf Theatre's groundbreaking production of The Grapes of Wrath

Re-envisioned by Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company to international acclaim, this Tony Award-winning play tells the story of the Joad family’s exodus from the dust bowl in Oklahoma to a new life in California in search of land, jobs, and dignity. With an epic cast, stunning theatricality, and an evocative musical score inspired by Woody Guthrie and the music of the Great Depression performed live by a four piece band, this is a deeply moving affirmation of the human spirit and the dramatic highlight of the new season.

“Majestic!” – The New York Times

Dave Steakley: The extraordinary Steppenwolf company of actors that brought this classic novel to life on Broadway changed my notion of what theatre can be and what it can do. An interesting piece of trivia -- Zachary Scott's first wife, Elaine Anderson, married John Steinbeck a week after her divorce was finalized. More from Dave Steakley, ZACH's Artistic Director, on The Grapes of Wrath

ZACH's Cast Stars:
David Christopher
Marc Pouhé
Janelle Buchanan
Harvey Guion
Lana Dieterich
Dirk Van Allen
Paul Mitchell Wright
Jarret Mallon
Zach Thompson
Xochitl Romero
John Pointer
Tom Green
Sarah Gay
Rich Upton
Ian Blake
Crystal Odom
John Viggiano
Marie Christopher

ZACH is partnering with Mobil Loaves and Fishes to collect donations of goods helpful to Austn's homeless. Please bring your donation to ZACH when you attend the show. Collections will be distributed weekly. Suggested items include:
• Under the sun – sun screen and chap stick, small travel sizes
• Cap it off – new baseball style caps
• Don’t go bare – new briefs or boxer shorts for men
• Spring clothes, tee shirts for men or women, new or new/ or gently used blue jeans

About Frank Galati
Frank Galati has been a member of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, an associate director at the Goodman Theatre, and a professor at Northwestern University. His adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction. He is also the author of several plays including Everyman.

About John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 and 17 of his novels went on to be produced as Hollywood films. His myriad of work reflects his childhood growing up during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression in California. Much of his work examines the lives of the working class and migrant workers showing the struggles that they faced in the midst of evolving technology and difficult economic and social times.

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