Boston University School of Theatre Arts Presents “The Grapes of Wrath”

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
November 21st, 2003

Contact: Amy Corcoran, 617/353-7293 | amycorco@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University School of Theatre Arts presents an acclaimed adaptation of John Steinbeck’s epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Performances begin on the Boston University Theatre mainstage on December 10 and run through December 14.

The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati, is the tale of the Joads, an Oklahoma farming family who, in the aftermath of the Great Depression, find themselves reduced to the status of migrant workers. They join the thousands of other families heading west to California seeking new lives, lured by rumors of work on farms there. Their discoveries about themselves along the way make this one of the most compelling stories in American literature.

“Steinbeck’s story is an important one that resonates for a new American generation facing its own unprecedented challenges,” said Jim Petosa, Director of the B.U. School of Theatre Arts.

The Grapes of Wrath is directed by Daniel DeRaey, who is most closely associated with the work of playwright George F. Walker, having directed Problem Child, Criminal Genius, Risk Everything and Escape from Happiness (Helen Hayes nomination) at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD. He directed Chekhov’s The Celebration with B.U. alumna Olympia Dukakis in New York, The Drawer Boy, Snakebit and Season’s Greetings at RHT, Tony Kushner’s Slavs! at Studio Theatre, and In the Garden at Signature Theatre. Mr. DeRaey has also directed student productions of The Good Person of Setzuan (University of Maryland), Zastrozzi (New School/Actors Studio) and Duck Variations and The Zoo Story (Stella Adler Conservatory). Mr. DeRaey is an Artistic Associate of Round House Theatre, an artistic consultant to the Sprenger-Lang Foundation, and a creative director for PineRock Productions.

Ticket and Performance Information

Performances of The Grapes of Wrath will be presented on the Boston University Theatre mainstage, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Performances are: December 10 at 7:30 p.m.; December 11 at 7:30 p.m.; December 12 at 8:00 p.m.; December 13 at 8:00 p.m.; December 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 B.U. alumni; $5 Huntington Theatre Company subscribers and senior citizens. Tickets are on sale now at the Boston University Theatre Box Office, 617/266-0800.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts curriculum along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1950, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the entertainment industry. Notable School of Theatre Arts alumni include actors such as Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore; Emmy-winners Michael Chiklis and Alfre Woodard; and Brad Oscar, who currently stars as Max Bialystock in the national tour of The Producers. Other notable alumni are theatrical producer Stewart Lane, whose current hit Thoroughly Modern Millie received six Tony Awards; Andrew Lack, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music; public television producer and creator of This Old House, Russell Morash; playwrights Martin Sherman and Craig Lucas; and theatre and film production designer, Wynn P. Thomas, whose credits include A Beautiful Mind, Analyze This, and Malcolm X.

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