***For Immediate Release***
April 1, 2014
Special Public Presentations Added to Explore
Contemporary Themes in The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath today
Concurrent with its production of The Grapes of Wrath, Asolo Repertory Theatre joins the National Steinbeck Center in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of the original novel. In preparation for the anniversary, The Steinbeck Center has been seeking out the stories of individuals struggling against many of the same challenges so poignantly represented in this classic work, including financial insecurity, social discrimination, widespread unemployment and foreclosures, drought and other environmental crises.
To gather contemporary stories of resilience and migrations in hard times, curators from the National Steinbeck Center commissioned a talented group of artists to retrace the Joad family’s journey.
National Steinbeck Center Executive Director Colleen Bailey and prominent playwright and director Octavio Solis join Asolo Rep for two special events. Both events are free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required.
Sunday, April 6 at 1pm on the Asolo Rep Mezzanine, prior to the 2pm matinee of The Grapes of Wrath
Combining national and local perspectives, this panel discussion will include farm and labor issues from southwest Florida.
- For more information about this event, please contact [email protected] or 941.351.9010 ext 3320.
- To reserve tickets to the performance, please contact the Asolo Rep Box Office at 941.351.8000, or visit www.asolorep.org.
Monday, April 7 at 10:30am at the Selby Public Library
Colleen Bailey and Octavio Solis share their stories, discoveries, and inspirations from re-tracing the Joad’s route to California.
- For more information about this event, please contact 941.861.5000.
Made possible with support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation