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The American Shakespeare Center Brings Grapes of Wrath to WKU
- Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
On Monday, February 17th, 2020, The American Shakespeare Center will be coming to WKU’s campus to perform the Tony Award-winning theatre adaptation of Steinbeck’s classic tale of resilience in the face of adversity, "Grapes of Wrath." An Oklahoma drought during the Great Depression forces the Joad family to flee their home for the promise of a new life in California. Will hope prevail through the hardships and heartbreak? The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hall. Along with the play, the actors will also be participating in theatre workshops in select WKU classes.
Since its inception, The American Shakespeare Center has been performing Shakespeare and his contemporaries to a wide array of audiences with the purpose of making theatre more accessible. Despite the historical setting, “Grapes of Wrath” depicts characters that resonate with modern audiences. Director José Zayas notes that “In the Joads, Steinbeck created an indelible portrait of resilience and grace. They are like every family, just doing the best they can with the little they have. They are a stark reminder of the human toll of migration but also the power human beings possess to persevere, to change, and to be kind.”
The event is free to both students and the public.
Western Kentucky University’s Cultural Enhancement Series is committed to providing the campus and community with the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s leading artists and scholars. For more information about the series and season events follow @wkuces on Facebook or visit www.wku.edu/go/ces.
To learn more about the event, click here: https://www.wku.edu/culturalenhancement/calendar/index.php?view=event&eventid=70718
To learn more about the American Shakespeare Center, click here: https://americanshakespearecenter.com/events/grapes-of-wrath/
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