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Of Mice and Men

Alexander Weisman

Thursday on RadioWest we’re talking about John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men. Many people are familiar with the story of George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, two itinerant ranch hands looking out for each other during the Depression. They and the other characters they encounter all seek their own “little place” in a difficult world, and who can’t identify with that? Well known and simple as it may be, Of Mice and Men’s frank engagement with issues such as racism, sexism and class warfare make it a compelling and difficult story to take in.

Pioneer Theatre Company is currently staging a production of Of Mice and Men. It runs through Saturday, November 3rd, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Visit PTC's Web site for more details.


  • Mary B. Robinson has directed more than 60 theater productions across the country, including Pioneer Theatre Company's current production of Of Mice and Men. This marks her third time directing John Steinbeck's play.
  • Susan Shillinglaw is a noted Steinbeck scholar. She is a professor of English and director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.