THE GRAPES OF WRATH
by FRANK GALATI, adapted from the novel by JOHN STEINBECK
“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
Across the Midwest of America, in the late 1930s, dust storms devastated farmlands and drove thousands of impoverished families to leave their homes in the desperate hope of finding a better life in California.
The Joads are one such family. Loading their few possessions onto a battered old truck, they head west, dealing with intolerance, exploitation, death and deprivation along the way before reaching their destination, where their dreams are dashed by the realities of the Great Depression.
Renowned first as a novel, winning Steinbeck the Pulitzer Prize, and then as an Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Henry Fonda, this acclaimed adaptation was Steppenwolf Theatre’s first Broadway production.
The story of the Joad family is one of the great modern tragedies. Yet, despite the anguish and suffering it depicts, the play in the end is a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of goodness and strength in the face of adversity and the indomitability of the human spirit.
Winner: 1990 Tony Award for Best Play
“A thrilling theatrical achievement” The New York Post
Director Louise Fischer
Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Michael Schell
Assistant Director Brett Heath
Production Manager Rosane McNamara
6 August – 7 September 2019
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Final performance Saturday 7 September 2pm
Commencing June (schedule TBC)
Rehearsals will be weekday evenings, and weekends, subject to cast availability
Saturday 18 May – Tuesday 21 May
14 M (10 – 80 years old)
12 F (12 – 80 years old)
This production will have a large ensemble cast, and some roles may be doubled.
We very much encourage and welcome submissions from actors who identify as First Nations, POC, CALD, queer and/or gender diverse.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
It is essential that you read the script before submitting an Expression of Interest.
To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To book an audition, email your EOI to email@example.com with AUDITION in the subject line.
In your EOI, please include:
• an up-to-date headshot and cv
• which role/roles you are interested in
• any restrictions on availability over the audition dates
• state if you are currently a New Theatre member
Audition EOIs will be accepted until COB Wednesday 15 May
After EOIs have closed, you will be notified if you have been successful in securing an audition and allocated an audition time.
WHAT TO PREPARE
A 2-3 minute monologue from an American play, using Oklahoma accent. You also may be asked to sing unaccompanied and to read fro the script.
New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Louise Fischer is Artistic Director of New Theatre and holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW. Her directing credits for New Theatre include August: Osage County, Australia Day, House of Games, Harvest, Mother Clap’s Molly House, Enron, The Farnsworth Invention, Vernon God Little and The Crucible (which transferred to a sell-out season at the Seymour Centre), Honeymoon Suite, Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lemon Delicious and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Other productions include The God Botherers (Darlinghurst Theatre), Hamlet (Harlos Productions), Macbeth.com (Lighthouse Theatre), Project SciFi (PACT), Birthdays, Christmas & Other Family Disasters (Tunks Productions), Bedtime for Bastards (Crypt Theatre), Roadkill (Short & Sweet) and The Curious Pain of Louis XIV (Seymour Centre).