Arizona Theatre Company presents Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’

Arizona Theatre Company’s season continues with one of the most celebrated works in American literature, John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” the emotional and stirring account of migrant workers George and Lennie who dream of settling down on a farm where the land stretches forever and the soft rabbits need tending, March 31-April 17 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.

Arizona Theatre Company presents John Steinbeck's classic story, "Of Mice and Men." (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Arizona Theatre Company presents John Steinbeck’s classic story, “Of Mice and Men.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

A compelling tale of friendship and survival, “Of Mice and Men” follows George and Lennie as they drift from job to job across the fields and farms of central California during the hardship of 1920’s America.

In a time when dreams seemed a thing of the past, these two unlikely friends dare to believe in a better life. The timeless tale of friendship, loneliness, loyalty, sacrifice, and the human connections that are our bedrock for survival in desperate times are as vibrantly resonant and relevant now as ever before.

“Steinbeck’s novella and play, “Of Mice and Men,” is one of the most beloved works in all of American literature,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein.

“While the characters and situations have achieved iconic status, it is always surprising to revisit this intimate tale of friendship and dreams onstage where it has such a yearning immediacy.

“The themes of striving, dreaming and self-identity have echoes in the works of other playwriting giants of the American stage like O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller or August Wilson.  “Of Mice and Men” has a cathartic power that is ever fresh, ever impactful and ever current.”

Tickets start at $39 and are available at the Herberger Theater Center box office by calling 602-256-6995 or by visiting www.arizonatheatre.org.

A preview will be staged 7:30 p.m. March 31, with opening night planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The production continues through April 17.

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