THE GRAPES OF WRATH
ADAPTED BY FRANK GALATI
FROM THE NOVEL BY JOHN STEINBECK
WINNER OF THE TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY
This powerful, emotional, and unceasingly engaging stage adaptation of one of the greatest American classic novels is so amazingly relevant to our current socio-political world that its onstage story-telling becomes a passionate delight to be a part of. This play-with-music (which will be accompanied throughout the play by live musician/characters playing the guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, and numerous other instruments in the sounds of the Woody Guthrie era) is one of the greatest ensemble cast plays of our modern times.
Dramatist Play Service, INC. describes the play:
Renown 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 which 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 which—then as now—resides in the hearts and minds of the “common man” throughout the world.
We are looking to cast a large ensemble of actors from young to not-so-young (many who will play multiple roles) from throughout our broad Twin Cities region. ALL ARE WELCOME
We are the Century College Theatre Company (a theatre company supported by The State of Minnesota’s Century College).
We are located at: Century College- West Theatre
1401 Century Ave. North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
*Auditions: February 25th at 6:00 PM (No individual appointment times needed)
*Callbacks: February 26thth at 6:00PM
*Rehearsals: March 4-April 25 from 6:00PM-10:00PM
*Performances: April 26-May 4, 2019
*Auditions will consist of cold readings (which will be available for perusing on arrival at the auditions) and interview questions.
For additional information call (651) 747-4059 or email: [email protected]
MAJOR CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE (some actors will play multiple roles):
Jim Casy--Jim is a former preacher. Although he says he “ain’t got the call no more” his presence and words repeatedly resonate the calling for good we all have in our hearts. His character provides a moral compass for the characters and the play’s audience as they travel west and through the story.
Tom Joad--Tom is a positive and spirited character. Having just been paroled after four years in prison for having killed a guy in a fight he returns home to his family only to join them on their journey west. He is a good man who made a poor choice but is now ready to take on life’s challenges as he confronts him. He is an inspiration to the rest of his family.
Pa Joad—Tom’s dad. Pa lost his farm and as a result has spearheaded the family’s plans to go to California in hopes of a better life. Pa is down-to earth, straight-forward, and caring.
Ma Joad—Ma is married to Pa and is the caretaker of the family associated to all of the challenges with each other and she provides the spirit on their quest to reach and start a new life in California.
Grampa Joad—The core of the Joad family but is now old and much less agile…although he still has a sharp temper and mouth.
Granma Joad—A strong spirited Christian women who wastes no moments in doing all she can to keep the family (and husband) off of their path to hell.
Noah Joad—Tom’s older brother has been minorly physically challenged since birth as well as being somewhat intellectually challenged. Noah is sweet and endearing but also trouble at times.
Ruthie Joad—is the young daughter of the Joad children, full of life and she is feisty.
Uncle John—is Tom’s uncle. Uncle John carries with him a life of guilt because of his part in the tragic death of his wife who died years earlier when she was pregnant; this guilt weighs greatly upon him as he embarks on the family journey.
Rose of Sharon--The oldest daughter of the Joad children. The romantic Rose begins her journey west while she is pregnant, and she is married to Connie. Her desires are good but her views on how to reach them are a little misconstrued.
Connie Rivers—The husband of Rose (a challenge in itself)!
Al Joad-- Tom’s younger brother, at sixteen years old, Al is a little obnoxious, self-impressed, and driven by his interests in girls, cars and adventure. However, above and beyond his ‘charm’ he is a great mechanic of which the family is extremely grateful as they travel west.
Additional characters of significance (Actors will each be playing multiple combinations of these roles) include:
The 4 Narrators
The Man Going Back
Gas Station Attendant
Gas Station Owner
Mayor of Hooverville
Weedpatch Camp Director
Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper
Hooper Ranch Guard
The Man in the Barn
We welcome you to be a part of our great company as we produce this magnificent play in an amazing fashion.