ATHENS, Tenn. – Athens Community Theatre presents its spring 2017 production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” April 21-29 at The Arts Center in Athens, Tennessee.
All productions of Athens Community Theatre are sponsored by Athens Federal Community Bank; Dogwood Dental Care; Grover Thurman, CPA; Muddy Waters Wine & Spirits; and Starr Regional Medical Center. All AACA programs are supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking 1937 American classic comes to life in his own stage adaptation. The play, which predates the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards, earned the 1938 New York Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play. The 1937 production opened while the novel was still on bestseller lists. It tells the story of Lennie and George, farm workers in Depression-era California who are trying to scrape together enough money to buy a house of their own. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course toward his version of the American dream.
With strong language and themes, this production is for mature audiences only.
“Of Mice and Men” is directed by ACT veteran, Traci McKenzie, in her directorial debut. McKenzie recently starred in 2016’s Oklahoma!, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and Win/Lose/Draw. The cast includes Jason Carusillo playing George, Whitney Kimball Coe playing Curley’s Wife, and Jonathan Berry playing Lennie, veteran actors Rick Parker, Steve Walker, Brad Jewell, Jedi Gabel, and Tyler Peaden, as well as ACT newcomers Cameron Cleveland, Bailey Dufty, and Datras Bradley as Crooks.
Athens Community Theatre productions are in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center, which is located at 320 North White St., downtown Athens.
For more information call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781 or visit www.athensartscouncil.org.
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