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Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

Directed by David Bradley

February 15 - March 25, 2012

MAIN STAGE

John Steinbeck’s heart-wrenching tale of George and Lennie, an unlikely pair of migrant workers who dream of purchasing a piece of land to farm and call their own. This classic American drama is a story of deep friendships and hard choices, set against the backdrop of Depression era California. Best appreciated by ages 14 and up.

George: Pete Pryor*
Lennie: Ian Bedford*
Candy: Peter DeLaurier*
Candy's Dog: Charlie and Beanie
The Boss: Tom Teti*
Curley: Chris Faith*
Curley's Wife: Jessica Bedford
Slim: Jerry Richardson*
Carlson: Mark Lazar*
Whit: Andrew Kane*
Crooks: Lou Ferguson*
Director: David Bradley*
Production Manager: Charles T. Brastow*
Set Designer: Wilson Chin
Costume Designer: Marla J. Jurglanis
Lighting Designer: Dennis Parichy
Production Stage Manager: Kate McSorley*
Sound Designer: Christopher Colucci


* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Of Mice & Men Interview with David Bradley

  • Duration: 2:25 minutes (5.53 MB)

Listen to Bob Bumbera's interview with director David Bradley on XPN!

Did You Know?

* In the 1930s, the meaning of "can" changed if it was a noun or verb. If one got "canned," it meant being fired. "Can" also idenified one's rear end, as in "sitting on your can."

* John Steinbeck never graduated from college, though he did attend Stanford University on-and-off again between 1920 and 1926.

* In 1935, 43,180 migrants moved into California from other states by motor vehicle. Migrants arrived in droves on the hope of work in the fertile fields but the giant, competitive pool of available labor not only made finding work difficult but also lowered the daily wages for migrant workers. A survey of workers showed most were only employed from four to seven months out of that year.

* Of Mice and Men continues to be a popular choice not only for high schools across the United States, but in the United Kingdom as well. Test how well you know the story with this interactive quiz from Wales!

Something That Happened


The working title for Of Mice and Men was Something That Happened. John Steinbeck, in many of his novels, simply recorded life as it is. This first title seems to reflect that perspective.

The title Of Mice and Men comes from the following lines of Robert Burns’ poem "To a Mouse":

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Here it is in plain English:

But Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leaves us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Mice and Men - Sound Clip


Watch and Listen
Chris Colucci, Sound Designer for Of Mice and Men, sent us this special preview of the music that will be used in the production. Check it out!

Reviews
Of Mice and Men at People's Light: Two Different People With a Common Deam

By Emily Ludwig, Guest Student Reviewer for Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner

A Steinbeck Classic, Stark Yet Nuanced

By Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

A Classic Restaging of an American Classic

By Dante J.J. Bevilacqua, Montgomery News

Of Mice and Men at People’s Light

By Bill Murphy, Broad Street Review

Stellar Of Mice and Men at People’s Light and Theatre

By Betty Lou Roselle, County Press

People’s Light & Theatre Company’s OF MICE AND MEN: Masterful American Masterpiece

By Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

Articles
People’s Light Tackles the Timeless Classic Of Mice and Men: Married Couple Play Challenging Roles in the Play

By Josh De Ruosi, Montgomery News

Actor Enjoys Challenge of Lennie in Of Mice & Men

By Rita Charleston, Northeast Times Star

Full Access Performance

On March 9th People’s Light & Theatre will partner with Art Reach for an Independence Starts Here community event, featuring a fully-accessible performance of Of Mice and Men at 8pm. The performance will include open captioning, audio description, sensory tours, and American Sign Language. Contact the box office at 610.644.3500 for more information.

Click here if you need seating for ASL, open caption, or audio description.

Date: 
Fri, 03/09/2012 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Main Stage

The Buzz: Talk Up, Talk With, Talk Back

Join us after every Thursday evening performance (excluding Thursday, August 23rd) for The Buzz: Talk Up, Talk With, Talk Back, a lively discussion with cast members and other artists from the production!

The Scoop, Of Mice and Men

New at People's Light...and it's FREE!
Join us for The Scoop, a lively discussion before every performance of Of Mice and Men. Chris Faith, who plays Curley, will discuss the world of the play, how and why it was chosen, as well as how it was cast, designed, and rehearsed. The program will start one hour before the curtain of every performance, in the Main Stage. No reservations needed.

Date: 
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 7:30pm - Sun, 03/25/2012 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Main Stage