Of Mice and Men
Presented by the Guthrie Theater
and the Acting Company
Tuesday, March 12th
Fuller Hall - St. Johnsbury Academy
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Tony winners The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theater perform this powerful stage adaption of Nobel winner John Steinbeck’s tale of two displaced migrant ranch workers in search of jobs during the Great Depression.
New York’s Acting Company and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater will present John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in St. Johnsbury as part of its cross-country tour to 44 cities in 30 states. Ian Belknap, Associate Artistic Director of The Acting Company will direct Steinbeck’s Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, which is one of the most widely read stories in America. Belknap also directed the Acting Company/Guthrie productions of The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, The Heart is Lonely Hunter, and The Spy. Also Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the special Acting Company production of The Lover and The Poet.
“John Steinbeck stands alone as the 20th Century's biographer of the worker,” says Belknap. “He writes of a life that looks beautiful in a photograph and is ugly to inhabit. He knew migrant farm workers that drifted to a dreamy California where fruit was ripe to pick, only to find their dreams scorched in the sun.”
“This production looks, sounds and smells like the worker of 1930s; however, this play could be set yesterday, today or tomorrow. Drive on any stretch of the crossroads of America today … the context of our world has changed but our daily life values remain the same as in Of Mice and Men,” Belknap continues. “Of Mice and Men fascinates audiences as it shows us ourselves and speaks to our shared human condition: to want, to love, to fear and to die.
The superb cast includes actors from some of the finest acting conservatories in the U.S., cast in New York and through Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater Experience and its training program with the University of Minnesota.
The cast follows in the footsteps of Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David who all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries. Both the Acting Compay and the Guthrie have earned TONY Awards for Excellence in Theater.
JAMES MCFAUL, ESQ.