HPU Theatre to Perform ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

The Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath PosterHIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 9, 2016 – John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is considered one of the most iconic works in American literature.

Filled with sprawling American landscape and extreme weather like lightning, fire and rain, it’s also a notoriously difficult production to pull off on the stage of a theatre.

But that’s what High Point University faculty, students and professional Equity actors will do this month when “The Grapes of Wrath” opens in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, with a special community night performance at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. Additional show times for the production are 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, as well as 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

Their performances are part of HPU’s Common Experience, with “Growing Our Future” as this year’s theme. It features a broad range of programming throughout the academic year focused on the ways in which people and cultures grow, consume and value food.

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The large scale production features effects such as falling rain.

After the Aug. 19 performance, local leaders will participate in a talk-back session about the play, its messages about hunger, and how those messages relate to hunger and food security in Guilford County.

“This will be the biggest production we’ve performed on the HPU campus,” says Dr. Nathan Hedman, professor in both the English and theatre departments. “In addition, our students will get to work alongside professional actors in their field. In light of the novel’s focus on food hardship, we hope our community night and talk-back panel offer an opportunity to discuss how Steinbeck’s work relates to food issues affecting our own community.”


“The Grapes of Wrath” Theatre PerformancesHayworth Fine Arts Center

  • Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Community Night Performance featuring a talk-back panel after the show with local leaders
  • Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.
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