‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Theater production unites community and disciplines


  • Where: Mainstage Theatre, Scales Fine Arts Center
  • Tickets: $12, $5 students
  • Box Office: 336.758.5295
  • Feb. 18-19; 23-26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, 2 p.m.

“The Grapes of Wrath,” a story about the devastating impact of the Great Depression, is serving as a creative outlet for many members of the Wake Forest community and provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary academic discussions and the exploration of modern themes through a historical lens.

On Thursday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m., playwright Frank Galati and Philip Dray (author of There is Power in the Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America) will participate in a panel  discussion focusing on economic, social and political issues raised in this iconic American story.
Learn more about John Steinbeck and “The Grapes of Wrath” (NPR) »

Grapes of WrathPlay becomes a community effort
Sharon Andrews and her colleagues in the theatre and dance department would like to make the University Theatre the community’s theatre. Andrews, who is directing the “The Grapes of Wrath” on the Mainstage Theatre, has included undergraduates, graduate students and faculty and staff in the production and related events. Read more »

Suzanne SpicerMaking it look easy
Senior Suzanne Spicer charged with smooth running of complex show
If you visited the Mainstage Theatre during one of the many rehearsals for “The Grapes of Wrath,” you would have found senior Suzanne Spicer with her big book — making sure lighting cues, prop usage, costume changes and the entrances and exits of all the performers have been meticulously noted for every act and scene.
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JK CurryThe Prop’s the Thing
Props are often vital to a play’s storyline — such as the upcoming “The Grapes of Wrath” — but no one ever really thinks about them until the gun doesn’t fire at the right time. “We tend to not pay much attention to props until they’re not working,” said Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre JK Curry, who has edited a recent book on props. Read more »

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