John Steinbeck wrote his novella "Of Mice and Men" to be read as a play, too, so this Depression-era class drama is more true to form than an adaptation. Director Jason Chanos leads the Rep in the interim after artistic director Eric Rosen departs, so take this as an opportunity to feel out Chanos' style.
“The mark of a great story is its ability to endure time. 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,” says first-time KCRep director Jason Chanos.
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. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.”
KCRep’s production of OF MICE AND MEN features an all-star, all-Kansas City cast. Jake
Walker and Rusty Sneary star as George and Lennie respectively.
Along with Walker and Sneary, the cast for OF MICE AND MEN is made up entirely of
Kansas City-based actors. They are (in alphabetical order): 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).
$35 to $63
Burns and McDonnell, the Hall Family Foundation
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