One of my all-time favorite dramas is now on stage at St. Augustine's Limelight Theatre.
The play, Grapes of Wrath, is based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name published in 1939. Steinbeck was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for it. It was adapted to the screen and starred Henry Fonda. The film won an academy award in 1940.
Grapes of Wrath is as relevant now as it was when Steinbeck wrote it. It depicts the cruel indifference toward fellow man during one of American history's most economically devastating periods.
The plot follows the impoverished Joad farming family as they migrate from the dust-bowl of Oklahoma to the fields and orchards of California for a better life. The Joad parents, grandparents, uncle and children pile into a rattle-trap of a truck along with all their worldly goods for the grueling 2,000 mile trip.
When the Joads finally reach California, they are greeted with beauty they have never before witnessed in the green pastures they came to farm. The Joads' hopes are soon dashed as they are also greeted by hatred and ruthlessness as they and many other migrants are taken sore advantage of by the farm owners and the men who recruit labor for them.
Pa Joad, once able to provide for his family as a sharecropper, now struggles to provide dignity and sustenance. They face a very real possibility of starvation and death.
Staging and costumes for the large cast depict the era and the poverty. Songs of the era enhance the scenes.
The Grapes of Wrath is seldom done as a play since it requires a large and gifted cast and is physically demanding. Don't miss the chance to see this award-winning play while it runs until February 14th.
What a great Valentine's Day Gift an outing to this play would be.
Show times are from 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
For reservations and additional information, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight.theatre.org.
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