The Lindenwood University Theatre Department will present the second of two summer productions, John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” at 7:30 p.m. on July 28-30 in the university’s Emerson Black Box Theater. Admission is free.
The Emerson Theater is located in Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, at 2300 West Clay St., just west of First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. For more information, call the Lindenwood University Box Office at 636-949-4433.
Set in Depression-era California, the story follows two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, a mentally retarded giant of a man who has a gentle soul but doesn’t know his own strength. The two are searching for a place where they can live in peace, and they feel their dreams are within reach after they start work at a ranch.
“Of Mice and Men” was published as a novel and a play, both written by Steinbeck, in 1937. The novel was an immediate sensation, and the play opened on Broadway in November 1937, where it ran for 207 performances and was named Best Play in 1938 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
The play is directed by Connie Vaught with Don Krull as stage manager. The cast features Aaron Allen as George and Nick Kelly as Lennie, as well as Larry D. Quiggins, Fred Bittick, Peter Banholzer, Becca Helms, Jason Puff, Adam Martinez, Dan Alder and Parth Patel. The crew includes Technical Director Tim Poertner, Scenic and Light Designer Pippin McGowan, Costume Designer Donna Northcott, Props Mistress Krista Tettaton, and Sound Designer Drew Mattney.
“Steinbeck is not easy to read,” Vaught said. “His plots reflect the stark realities of life during the Depression. His characters are full, rich, and very real. It is the actors portraying these characters that give the show its life.”