"Of Mice and Men" will be performed Friday and Saturday on May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday on May 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Steinbeck, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, tells the tale of two drifters in one of the most widely read stories in America as it poignantly captures the loneliness and yearnings of their workaday world. Written as both a novella and a script for a play, "Of Mice and Men" tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two California migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression, drifting from one California ranch to the next, with hopes of making enough money to get their own place and "live off the fat of the land." Lennie, a man-child, is a little boy in the body of a man. George is ever protective of his gentle giant friend, dangerously powerful yet in need of constant reassurance.
"Steinbeck's play has very specific themes: dreams and loneliness," said director Julie Bell Petrak. "They are easy to relate to in any time period. He obviously wrote it during the `30s Depression, however, I think everyone, in some way, can relate to what they believe is the American dream. It's all very individual and very personal to what you feel is your goal."
Christopher Cavaliere has composed an original score to be played live at each performance.
Cavaliere said he "believes that music adds an emotional color ... and that is what I try to convey."
Petrak has assembled a cast of actors that she said has "a wealth of talent and experience," featuring Gabriel Morrow, Brian Michael Riley, Jeff Rossman, Frank Speranzo, Tyler Giggi, Lynnette Victoria, Paul Brown, Jason Carubia, Christopher Beaurline and Richard Stewart.
Co-producer Louise Kaminer said, "Julie Petrak has been working on this show from the moment she proposed it to the play reading committee in early 2012. Her extensive research into the period and characters, including what ranch hands would be busy with in the bunk house, adds to the depth of this fine production. Her wonderful understanding of both plot and subplots has woven this show into a tapestry that all connected with it can be proud of."
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For tickets or information, visit www.tpncshows.org or call 203-966-7371.