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Los Altos Stage Company Presents THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Los Altos Stage Company Presents THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Los Altos Stage Company proudly presents Frank Galati's stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic piece of Americana, The Grapes of Wrath. The production runs April 11-May 5.

It was eighty years ago (April 14, 1939) when The Grapes of Wrath was first published, but its lessons are just as applicable today in our hyper-polarized political climate. While retaining elemental essence ~ human dignity, pride, and an empathetic view of suffering ~ the tale takes on the imposing backdrop of an America divided into haves and have-nots. If a literary classic is a book that readers of successive eras can relate to, then The Grapes of Wrath is definitely such a piece.

In this powerful stage adaptation, the Joad family is traveling from Oklahoma to California to escape the ravages of the Dust Bowl. Fiercely proud but reduced to poverty, volatile young Tom Joad grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation the family encounters on their journey. The Grapes of Wrath is a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit, and the essential goodness and strength which resides in the hearts and minds of the "common man" throughout the world.

Los Altos Stage Company's production is directed by Award-winning Bay Area director Jeffrey Lo, with scenic design by Christopher Fitzer, costume design by Melissa Sanchez, lighting design by Mia Kumamoto, sound design and music direction by Lana Palmer, and properties design by Ting Na Wang.

The Grapes of Wrath features a cast of eighteen talented local performers: Joe Antonicelli, Lawrence-Michael C. Arias, Jack Barrett, Ross Briscoe, Joe Cascasan, Michael Champlin, Seton Chiang, Caitie Clancey, Carolyn Ford Compton, April Culver, Jorge Luis Diaz, Alexander Draa, Josiah Frampton, Gary Landis, Katie Maupin, Judith Miller, Heather Mae Steffen, and Todd Wright.

The Grapes of Wrath plays at the Bus Barn Theater April 11 (Preview Night) through May 5. Wednesday through Saturday evening performances begin at 8 pm, and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3 pm. Ticket prices range from $20 (student) to $38, including gala Opening Night tickets on Friday, April 12, with an artists' reception following the performance.

Tickets can be purchased online at losaltosstage.org or by calling the Box Office at 650-941-0551. All 2018-2019 Season productions are performed in the Bus Barn Theater located at the Hillview Community Center at 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, California, 94022.

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