ABOUT THE PLAY
When accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature, Steinbeck remarked that “the writer is delegated to declare and celebrate man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit — for gallantry in defeat — for courage, capacity, and love.” Tough economic times during the Depression of the 1930s forced many migrant workers into a daily struggle for basic survival. But George and Lennie’s dream of independence and respect sets them apart from other drifters. They plan for a small farm of their own where they will be self-employed doing work that they love — a place to call home. They work hard and support each other. As Lennie says to George, “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.”
But will this be enough? In the words of poet Robert Burns: “The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” George and Lennie strive for a better future, but jealousy, fear, intimidation, and cruelty threaten to shatter their dream. These obstacles confronting their ambitions reveal something to us of the nature of dreams, dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice.
Come see Of Mice and Men — John Steinbeck’s parable about what it means to be human.
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WHEN & WHERE
Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30pm
Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at 2:00pm
Johnson County Fairgrounds
For tickets call (319)-338-0443 or purchase them online!
Students-$5 <— Yes, that is correct. Student tickets are only 5$
Of Mice and Men includes use of strong language (profanity, vulgarities and racial slurs), onstage violence and gunshots. It is appropriate for teenagers and even children aged 10-12 years old, but because of the pervasive strong language in the play children should attend at their parents’ discretion. The film was given a “PG-13″ rating.
Many thanks to everyone who tried out for THE MATCHMAKER. It was an excellent round of auditions and you made my job very hard. Here is the list:
Horace Vandergelder -Howard Meadows
Ambrose Kemper – Brian Tanner
Joe Scanlon – David M. Pierce
Gertrude – Evie Stanske
Cornelius Hackl – Brad Quinn
Ermengarde – Shay McKeehan
Malachi Stack – Scott Strode
Mrs. Levi – Nicole DeSalle
Barnaby Tucker – Jacques Spencer- Motyko
Mrs. Malloy – Lindsay Vincent
Minnie Fay – Catherine Shook
A Cabman – Kim Qual
Rudolf , a Waiter – T.B.A.
August, a Waiter – Robert Steger
Miss Flora Van Huysen – Ellen Stevenson
Her Cook – Tracy Schoenle
Staff: Rachael Lindhart, Director
Gerry Roe – Assistant Director
Set Design – Rich Riggleman
Costumes – Sarah Conklin
Board Liason – LaDonna Wicklund
Again, many thanks to all the talented folks who tried out. I am looking forward to working with all those who were cast and colleagues behind the scenes!
About the Play
Tom ‘Tink” Bell is the town crier, not a boo hoo crier, but a yoo hoo crier. Unfortunately he’s prone to making mistakes, and when he accidentally announces that celebrations for the Emperor Persimmon the 12th’s birthday will take place every Friday, sure enough the emperor insists that that is what must happen. Soon the town is on the brink of bankruptcy from the cost of all the festivities, and two tricksters, Sly and Wily, have convinced the emperor to spend even more money on a new outfit that they claim only very intelligent and powerful people can see.
Sly and Wily have also tricked Jack into parting with his beloved cow in exchange for five magic beans, but can Jack save the town by retrieving the gold at the top of the beanstalk? And what will happen when the Emperor appears in his new “birthday suit”? David Foxton’s play for children merges two popular pantomimes with hilarious results and plenty of audience participation.
Friday December 6th @ 7:30pm
Saturday December 7th @ 7:30pm
Sunday December 8th @ 2:00pm
Friday December 13th @ 7:30pm
Saturday December 14th @ 7:30pm
Sunday December 15th @ 2:00pm
The ICCT Space on the Johnson County Fairgrounds+
4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd
Iowa City, IA 52246-5824
At the door or ONLINE!