Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath at Limelight Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath at Limelight Theatre
January 4, 2016

Drama featuring local actors runs Jan. 22-Feb. 14

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — The Grapes of Wrath will be on the Matuza Main Stage of Limelight Theatre Jan. 22 through Feb. 14.

A classic by John Steinbeck, the play is adapted by Frank Galati. Directed by Dave Alan Thomas, it features 26 local actors and musicians in the cast. (See the cast list below the story.)

Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life.  

drama won a 1990 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. The play is a powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature.

Holding to the simplicity and directness of the original novel, the play uses the sparest of technical means to convey its timeless message of the persistence and strength of the human spirit as it battles against the adversities of nature and an uncaring society.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Opening night on Friday, Jan. 22 features complimentary pre-show champagne, and a meet-the-cast party following the performance. 

Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for military and students, and a free ticket for children 12 and younger with a full paid adult ticket. For reservations, go to limelight-theatre.org to choose your seats or call the box office at 904-825-1164.

Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side. 

CAST
Chris MacEwan ... Tom Joad  
Will Nance ... Jim Casy/Man in the Barn  
Jessica Ferris ... Ma Joad  
Jim Warren ... Pa Joad  
Bob Mandzi ... Uncle John  
Maria Tolzmann ... Rose of Sharon  
Joseph Stearman ... Noah Joad/Deputy Sheriff
Brendon Bailey ... Al Joad  
Andy Wallpher ... Connie Rivers  
Vanessa Warner ... Granma Joad  
Rich Nowell ... Grampa Joad  
McKayla Minor ... Ruthie Joad  
Gavin Downs ... Winfield Joad  
Keith Schlegel ... Narrator/Ensemble
Jim Cadigan ... Weedpatch Camp Director/Ensemble
Evan Gould ... Man Going Back/Muley Graves/Ensemble  
Kyle Thompson ... Gas Station Attendant/Ensemble
Hazel Robinson ... Mrs. Wainwright/Bookkeeper/Ensemble  
Will Gooden ... Boy in the Barn/Ensemble  
Simone Glomboski ... Al's Girl/Ensemble
Amy Tollotson ... Elizabeth Sandry/Ensemble  
Emily Cook ... Aggie Wainwright/Ensemble  
Madison Mintzer ... Nurse/Singer/Ensemble
Germaine Veronica ... Floyd's Wife/Singer/Banjo
James "Dez" Desmond ... Floyd Knowles/Proprietor/Ukulele  
Ella Romaine ... Ensemble/Singer/Guitar 

REVIEWS
"Majestic … leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit he saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found." —NY Times.
"This is, overall, a thrilling theatrical achievement that gets its power from the still sharp relevance of its human message…" —NY Post.

"THE GRAPES OF WRATH is a lesson in history, stagecraft, and truth that we cannot afford not to learn." —NY Magazine.

SHOWTIMES
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
7:30 p.m. Terrific Tuesday
2 p.m. Sunday

TICKETS
$26 for adults
$24 for seniors
$20 for military and students
FREE child ticket (12 and younger) will each full price adult ticket

RESERVATIONS
904-825-1164 
limelight-theatre.org