(From Wikipedia) The Grapes of Wrath is a 1988 play adapted by Frank Galati from the classic 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. It won the 1990 Tony Award for best play.
This resource includes a study guide of 40 guiding questions with an answer key. The book of the play can be purchased on Amazon.com. A link to The L.A. Theatre Works audio production of the play is available. A link to The Big Read’s audio introduction to The Grapes of Wrath is included, as well as multiple video clips to different productions of the play—even Gary Sinise’s performance of the play at the 1990 Tony Awards. The play can be taught by itself or as a complement to reading the novel. It is perfect for AP Literature, AP Language, or American Literature.
Key Words: American Literature, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Great Depression, argument, social justice, California, immigration, 1930s, Dust Bowl, plays, theatre, John Steinbeck, Frank Galati