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The Grapes of Wrath
Adapted by Terrence Shank

Kathryn Fuller and Richard Lineback

Set Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design

Assistant to Mr. Shank
Production Stage Manager

Terrence Shank
Gene Mazzanti
Michael Lincoln
Don Woodruff
RoZsa J. Horvath
Linda Somers
Donald Petrie


The Family

Rose of Sharon
Uncle John

Kathryn Fuller
James Howard Davis
Richard Lineback
Richard Molnar
Carol Newell
Ivy Bethune
Rue Knapp
Thomas Van Buren
Robert OíReilly
The Others:

Jim Casy
Ivy Wilson
Sairy Wilson
Arizona Troopers

Camp Manager
Elizabeth Sandry
Miss Horsham
Dance Girl
Dance Boy

Ranch Manager
Store Clerk
Strike Breakers

Starving Man

Stuart Lancaster
Garth Pillsbury
Barbara Beckley
Robert Budaska
Jeffrey Markle
Bradley Della Valle
David Clover
Kathryn Kates
Maggie Bodek
Rita Lilly
Andrew Marzec
Arnie Shamblin
Alex Zonn
Jeffrey Markle
Jim Buckner
Bud Samiljan
Jeffrey Markle
Gregory Post
Donald Petrie

Time: 1936
Place: Various locations in Oklahoma, California, and in between.




Welcome to California



The Thirties: What the Migrants Said
Quoted by Dorthea Lange in An American Exodus

"If I could get me a piece of land Iíd go digginí it with my hands."

"Hereís what I think on it ó the tractorís as strong against us as the drought."

"We can work this land as good as anybody. We was raised on it."

"Burned out, blowed out, eat out, tractored out."

"This is a hard life to swallow but I couldnít just sit back there and look to someone to feed us."

"We ainít no paupers. We donít want no relief. But what we do want is a chanst to make an honest living like what we was raised."

"When you gits down to your last bean your backbone and your navel shakes dice to see which gets it."

"Christ, Iíll die before Iíll say Iíd bring up a bunch of kids living this way."

"Brother, hitís pick seventy-five-cent cotton or starve."

"Brother, hitís pick seventy-five-cent cotton or else."

"Tainít hardly fair. They holler that we ainít citizens but their fruit would rot if we didnít come."

"My boys are American citizens. If war was declared theyíd have to fight no matter where they was. I donít see why we canít be citizens because we move around with the fruit tryiní to make a liviní."

"A human being has a right to stand like a tree has a right to stand."

"The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate manís proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit ó for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and emulation. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."

ó John Steinbeckís Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"The families, which had been units of which the boundaries were a house at night, a farm by day, changed their boundaries . . . They changed their social life ó changed as in the whole universe only man can change. They were not farm men any more, but migrant men. And the thought, the planning, the long staring silence that had gone out to the fields, went now to the roads, to the distance, to the West . . . The wills thrust westward ahead of them, and fears that had once apprehended drought or flood now lingered with anything that might stop the westward crawling."

"This you may say of man ó when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back."

 ó John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath