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February 26 to March 1: BA in Drama Graduating Production: Grapes of Wrath

When:    26*,  27, 28 February and 01 March at 8pm

1 March at 2:30pm

Where:   Project Arts Centre, 39 E. Essex St. Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Tickets: €15 (concessions €12, *preview €10) Group bookings available

To book   t. +353 1 8819 613    e. box-office@projectartscentre.ie

John Steinbeck’s epic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” will be brought to life by final year students on the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama’s BA in Drama (Performance) programme.   The production opens in the Project Arts Centre on Wednesday, 26 February, and will run through Saturday, 01 March.

Under the direction of Mark Lambert, the DIT students will make full use of their training in movement, dance, singing and acting to present Frank Galati’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” novel.  It tells the deeply moving story of an Oklahoma family – the Joads - who are driven off their farm during the Great Depression and forced west to find work in California's "promised land."

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Cast from DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama’s production of The Grapes of Wrath playing in Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2  February 26 through March 01

Throughout their epic journey, the family refuses to lose hope in the face of suffering as they cling furiously to their human dignity.  Having survived the drought of the 1930s only to see their home repossessed, the Joad family must now embark on a harrowing journey from the Dust Bowl fields of Oklahoma to the fertile orchards of California. But the "promised land" is far from what they imagined and the Joads must attempt to overcome the injustices that plague a nation in crisis. Looking for work, trying to survive, experiencing human cruelty and compassion, the Jode family’s struggle is universal and indeed the message of The Grapes of Wrath is as poignant and relevant today as it was when written in the 1930’s. DIT is delighted to present, as its final year Drama production,  this evocative and deeply affecting stage version of The Grapes of Wrath and to bring these remarkable characters to life in a timely production about human resilience in the face of economic exploitation.

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From left to right:  DIT Drama Students Iseult Casey (Rose of Sharon), Aisling Madden (Ma), Daryl McCormack (Casey) and Ben Harding (Tom Joad) in the upcoming production of The Grapes of Wrath

“The Grapes of Wrath” previews on February 26th and runs through March 01, 2014 in the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.  Tickets are priced from €10. To book  t. +353 1 8819 613    e.box-office@projectartscentre.ie