Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and design team for John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN, directed by Interim Artistic Director Jason Chanos.
The production will feature an all Kansas City cast including Jake Walker (George), Rusty Sneary (Lennie), Scott Cordes (Carlson), Molly Denninghoff (Curley’s Wife), Kyle Dyke (Curley), Robert Elliott (Candy), David Fritts (Boss), L. Roi Hawkins (Crooks), Dalton Mobley (Whit), and Brian Paulette (Slim).
The creative team includes lighting design by Jeffrey Cady, set design by Jack Magaw, sound design by Kevin O’Donnell, and costume design by Maria Nieto. Kim Martin-Cotten serves as assistant director and Kelsey Brennen York as production stage manager.
Called “one of the ten most important pieces of American literature” by The New York Times, OF MICE AND MEN tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place throughout California’s Salinas River Valley in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, OF MICE AND MEN is one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films to date.
In his own words, Steinbeck explains his intent in penning OF MICE AND MEN, “In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men; if you understand each other, you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.”
“The mark of a great story is its ability to endure time,” says Chanos. “It has been over two decades since our patrons have seen this classic production, and I’m overjoyed to bring this important play to life again with an all-star Kansas City cast and our talented production team.”
OF MICE AND MEN will play the Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District, from October 19 through November 11. For more information visit kcrep.org.
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