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Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of WrathWinner of the 1990 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.  Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to all. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation that they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination—where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the stark realities of the Great Depression. And yet, despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit and of the essential goodness and strength that—then as now—reside in the hearts and minds of the "common man," throughout the world.

  • Author: Based on the novel by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati
  • Presented through Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
  • Director: David Rzeszutek
  • Audience: 13+


Audition Information:

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ 7:00pm
  • Location: Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts


Performance Information:

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 7:30pm
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7:30pm
  • Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 3:00pm
  • Location: Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts


Ticket Information:

  • $13.00 - General Admission
  • $10.00 - Senior Citizens (62+)
  • $10.00 - Students
  • For more information or to order tickets, please contact the Box Office at (989) 964-4261.

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Saginaw Valley State Actors to Explore "The Grapes of Wrath"- Saginaw News, October 11, 2014


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"The Grapes of Wrath" Backstage

Alli Switalski, Costume Designer

Jerry Dennis, Scenic Designer & Technical Director

"Ma Joad" as played by Charky Mushatt

"Rev. Jim Casy" as played by Jordan Stafford