The Grapes of Wrath

DRAMA - the edge of society
From a playwright and director based primarily with Steppenwolf Theatre Company he has also adapted for the stage As I Lay Dying and H Murakami’s After the Quake.

Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of the novel by John Steinbeck
Director Chris Baldock

13—29 FEBRUARY 2020
Season: Wed - Sat 8pm 
Matinees: 22, 23, 29 Feb at  2pm


* (Education/Director, Cast and Crew Talk-back following Preview Performance 13 Feb)
An epic story, with great tragedy and challenge, and explores human desperation and determination.

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. They are heading west in their own starving nation, but being treated at every moment like non-resident aliens. Seen by everyone they meet as undesirables, this extended family just wants work, happiness and a small slice of the American Dream. In every community through which they travel they’re viewed as part of a terrifying wave of the needy, a disruption of normal life, something to be repelled en masse. So much has not changed in our world today. One critic reflecting on its continued relevance said: “Steinbeck didn’t want us to lose hope — he wanted us to get angry at those who would strip hope from us”.

An amateur production by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd.

Tom Joad: James McMahon

Jim Casy: Michael Sparks

Ma Joad: Karen Vickery

Pa Joad: Maurice Downing

Rose of Sharon: Amy Kowalczuk

Uncle John: Jerry Hearn

Granma Joad: Micki Beckett

Granpa Joad: David Bennett

Al Joad: Robbie Haltiner

Noah Joad: John Whinfield

Ruthie Joad: Jade Breen

Winfield Joad: Harrison Noble 

Boy In Barn (+ Noah understudy): Jamie Boyd


Female Ensemble:

Caitlin Baker (+Rose of Sharon understudy)

Liz St Clair Long 

Kate McHenry


Male Ensemble:

Thomas Hyslop

Alex Griffith

Andrew Smith

Rob Drennan



Production team:

Assistant Director - Lucie Niederer

Associate Director - Mary Willett

Production Manager - Mal Houston

SM - Joel Edmondson

Council Liaison - Liz de Totth

Costume Design - Helen Drum

Accent Coach - David Bennett



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