Photo Flash: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents THE GRAPES OF WRATH

October 22
3:11 PM 2009

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its fall season with the epic masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati, from the novel by John Steinbeck. The production is directed by Joe Discher, who directed the critically acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in 2004.

The Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath continues through November 15 at the Shakespeare Theatre Main Stage - The F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Road in Madison. For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize, the Steinbeck's majestic novel The Grapes of Wrath remains one of the most revered American sagas, detailing the Joad family's flight from the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Its universal themes of perseverance, hope, love, and family unity in the face of adversity, have resonated for seventy years. The stage adaptation by Frank Galati, won the Tony Award for Best Play and was called "an epic achievement" by Frank Rich of The New York Times. The play, Rich wrote, "makes Steinbeck live for a new generation not by updating his book but by digging into its timeless heart."

The story of the Joad family's journey is a deeply affecting and inspiring portrait of American life and the American soul at a defining moment in our nation's history. This production of The Grapes of Wrath was selected by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as part of the American Masterpieces Series in New Jersey. American Masterpieces is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo credit: Gerry Goodstein

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