by John Steinbeck and Marcel Duhamel
February 2 – 11, 2018
Directed by Joshua Maxwell
Set in the Great Depression this moving play tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities.
George Milton: 30s-40s years old – George, ranch hand and migrant worker, dreams of a better future with his best friend Lennie, of whom he is highly protective and unofficial guardian. Regularly down on their luck, they dream of owning farmland together.
Lennie Small: 30s-40s years old – Lennie is completely reliant on George for guidance and protection, holding George as a father- and brother- like figure. Physically imposing and mentally disabled, Lennie is clumsy, gentle and kind, but doesn’t understand his own physical strength.
Candy: +60 years old – Candy, a fellow ranch handyman, lost his hand in an accident long ago. He fears being useless, but when he hears of George’s and Lennie’s dream to have a farm of their own someday, Candy invests a substantial amount of his savings to try to be part of it. Candy loves his old dog.
The Boss: late 30s-40s years old – He is in charge of the ranch, and is stern and fair. He is also Curly’s father. Has only one scene.
Curly: 20s – Antagonistic character that is insecure, yet arrogant. Picks on Lennie. Newly married, he is jealous and has a short fuse. Must be physically smaller than Lennie.
Curly’s wife: Young, approximate age to Curly. The only female character in the play, she is the symbol of temptation and beauty in a place completely dominated by men. Lennie is mesmerized by her. A new bride, she is lonely and bored.
Slim: 30s-50s years old – Referred to the “prince of the ranch,” Slim is well-respected, strong and confident, a natural leader. He is the only character that understands the bond between George and Lennie.
Carlson: 30s-50 years old – A ranch hand, Carlson is simple man who enjoys simple pleasures, has little sympathy for Candy, and constantly complains about Candy’s old dog, eventually convincing him to take the dog out back and put it out of its misery.
Whit: 20s-50 years old – Another ranch hand, Whit is friendly and good-natured, but a pushover. Paired with Carlson much of the play.
Crooks: African-American, 30s-60 years old – A cynical stable hand, Crooks gets his name from his crooked back. His bitterness and loneliness stems from prejudice and from being shunned. He is segregated from the other ranch hands and made to bunk separately.
Ranch-Hands: Various ages — Limited to non-speaking. Chorus members.