Emerson Stage

The Grapes of Wrath

By Frank Galati
Adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck
Directed by Maureen Shea

In this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Steinbeck, the Joad family has lost everything: their home, livelihood, dignity and nearly all hope for a better future. With what little remains, the family leaves the Dust Bowl fields of Oklahoma for the fertile lands promised in California. Expecting the land of milk and honey, the Joads face further disillusionment, exploitation, and a lack of resources at the hands of big business and corrupt authorities.


Semel Theater (Directions)
October 18–21, 2012

Thursday, October 18: 8:00 pm
Friday, October 19: 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 20: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 21: 2:00 pm

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Tickets: $12 General Audiences, $8 Emerson Community

Creative Team

  Maureen Shea
Original Music and Music Direction   Patrick Greeley
Original Music and Music Direction   James Holod Kennedy
Scenic Designer   Orrin Whalen
Costume Designer   Vivian Del Bello
Lighting Designer   Anthony Fiorillo
Sound Designer   Benjamin Emerson
Projections Designer   Jan Roberts-Breslin
Dramaturg   Tanya Flink
Stage Manager   Shanna Allison

Acting Company

Tom Joad
  Alexander Neher
  Alexander Rankine
  Rachel Schulte
Al   Gabe Gibbs
Noah   James Murray
Jim Casy   Jeffrey Freeman
Uncle John   Justin Grankewicz
Rose of Sharon   Claire Hilton
Connie Rivers   Forrest Tiffany
Grampa   Anthony Rhys Jenkins
Granma   Angela Keefe
Muley / Floyd Knowles   Jared Brown
Proprietor / Elizabeth Sandry   Danielle Pointer
Ruthie   Alexa Niziak
Winfield   Danny Harrington
Boy   Adam Freeman
Ensemble   Michael Kelly
Michelle Martinelli
Najah Muhammad
Cameron Torres
Gigi Watson
Band / Ensemble   Julia Alvarez
Joseph Freeman
Patrick Greeley
Paul Hoover
James Holod Kennedy
Adam Salameh
Max Sangerman

Special Events

Join voices from Occupy Boston at post-show discussions after the Saturday, October 20 performances at 2:00 pm and 8:00pm to talk about the ideas surrounding the Occupy movement and its relationship to the themes and stories seen in The Grapes of Wrath.

Following the Saturday, October 20 performance at 2:00 pm:

Monica Poole, Assistant Professor of philosophy and history at Bunker Hill Community College, and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. Her courses engage the Boston community through experiential learning in subjects such as: ethical hacking, global history, philosophy, and political activism.

Following the Saturday, October 20 performance at 8:00 pm:

Danny Bryck, Boston-based theatre artist, writer and performer of No Room for Wishing, a one-man documentary play about Occupy Boston that recently premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts and Central Square Theater. He has performed extensively in the Boston area and throughout New England, New York, and in Spain. 

Moderated by Tanya Flink, Dramaturg, The Grapes of Wrath