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.