Part of the Theatre at Wharton Center Series
Date/Time: March 22-23 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42.00 ● Plus applicable fees
Student tickets available for $15
Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON
The Acting Company presents a national tour of John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN, running from October 2012 through April 2013. Rehearsing in New York, performances began in Santa Fe on October 17 before leaving on a cross country tour to 44 cities in 30 states. Ian Belknap, Associate Artistic Director of The Acting Company, has directed Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, which is one of the most widely read stories in America. The company will appear at Wharton Center March 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
“This production looks, sounds and smells like the worker of 1930s; however, this play could be set yesterday, today or tomorrow… Drive on any stretch of the crossroads of America today … the context of our world has changed but our daily life values remain the same as in OF MICE AND MEN,” Belknap continues. “OF MICE AND MEN fascinates audiences as it shows us ourselves… and speaks to our shared human condition: to want, to love, to fear and to die.”
The superb cast includes actors from some of the finest acting conservatories in the U.S., cast in New York and through Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater Experience and its training program with the University of Minnesota. The cast follows in the footsteps of Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David who all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a 2003 TONY for Excellence in Theater and numerous other awards including the Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Critics Circle Award.
There will be a Preview Lecture at the March 22 performance, led by Dr. Ann Folino White, assistant professor of Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and Department of Theatre. This free, half-hour discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance. Previews for the Cobb Great Hall are located in the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge on the third floor of the Wharton Center.
High-resolution images of OF MICE AND MEN can be found at whartoncentermedia.com
The media sponsor for OF MICE AND MEN is Michigan Radio.