The Grapes of Wrath
Written byJohn Steinbeck (novel)
Frank Galati (play)
Date premieredSeptember 1988
Place premieredSteppenwolf Theatre Company
Chicago, Illinois
Original languageEnglish
SubjectThe Joad family's journey
Setting1938, Oklahoma/California

The Grapes of Wrath is a 1988 play adapted by Frank Galati from the classic 1939 John Steinbeck novel of the same name, with incidental music by Michael Smith. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, followed by a May 1989 production at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and a June 1989 production at the Royal National Theatre in London. After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Galati, opened on March 22, 1990 at the Cort Theatre, where it ran for 188 performances. The cast included Gary Sinise, Kathryn Erbe, Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry, Lois Smith, Francis Guinan, and Stephen Bogardus.[1] The play was adapted for television in 1990 for the PBS series American Playhouse.[2]

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  1. ^ Rich, Frank (23 March 1990). "Review/Theater; New Era for 'Grapes of Wrath'". New York Times. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. ^ "American Playhouse: The Grapes of Wrath". Retrieved 2019-03-02.