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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

L.A. Theatre Works Full Cast Performance


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Running Time
1 Hr. 58 Mins.


Based on the epic novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck, starring Jeffrey Donovan and Shirley Knight. Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California.  But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together. Starring Shirley Knight as Ma Joad and Jeffery Donovan as Tom Joad, Frank Galati’s heart wrenching adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel finds its timeless heart in the generous spirit of the common man.

A Tony Award Winner for Best Play.

AudioFile Magazine review: "With a photographer's eye for honest detail and a musician's ear for the era's language and dialogue, John Steinbeck's Dustbowl epic of displacement, heartache, and hope became both a touchstone and lightning rod in American literature as soon as it was published in 1939. The novel continues to resonate and L.A. Theatre Works's full-cast performance of Frank Galati's Tony Award-winning stage adaptation hits all the high points. In this story of family and survival, Jeffrey Donovan provides a solid voice and foundation for the Prodigal Son figure, Tom Joad. Francis Guinan finds the wisdom and humor in the broken preacher, Jim Casey. And veteran Broadway star Shirley Knight shines as the matriarch, Ma Joad, bringing heart, soul, and tears to every line. A fine introduction to Steinbeck's world."

A L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance starring (in alphabetical order):
Emily Bergl as Rose of Sharon
Michael Buie as Connie; Officer; 2nd Man
Daniel Chacon as Al Joad
Maurice Chasse as Car Salesman 1; Deputy Sheriff; Man in the Barn
Shannon Cochran as Mrs. Wainwright; Elizabeth Sandry
Trista Delamere as 2nd Narrator; Al’s Girl
Jeffrey Donovan as Tom Joad
Francis Guinan as Jim Casy
Shirley Knight as Ma Joad
Charlie Matthes as Willy; Car Salesman 4; Young Man;  
Gas Station Attendant; Hooper Ranch Guard
Rod McLachlan as Uncle John
Robert Pescovitz as Pa Joad
Joel Rafael as Car Salesman 2; Man with Guitar           
Stephen Ramsey as 1st Narrator; Muley Graves; Man Going Back; 2nd Man w; Club; 2nd Man
Nick Sadler as 3rd Man; Man; Agricultural Officer; Contractor; 4th Narrator; 1st Man
Andy Taylor as Car Salesman 5; Gas Station Owner;
Floyd Knowles; Weedpatch Camp Director
Todd Waring as Car Salesman 3; Camp Proprietor; Agricultural Officer #2; Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper; 1st Man w; Club
Fredd Wayne as Grampa; Mayor of Hooverville; Camp Guard
Michael Weston as Noah Joad; Boy
Kate Williamson as Gramma; 3rd Narrator
Live music performed by the Joel Rafael Band.

Please note: This is an adaptation of the novel into a play for the stage. It is a full cast dramatization of this play. It is not an audio book of John Steinbeck's novel.

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