Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - An Agricultural Valley in Central California.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about with whom the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.
"'Of Mice and Men', shortly after its publication in 1937, is a American tragedy on par with the work of O'Neill before him and Miller after, symbolic of the times, universal in its lament." - Theatre Mirror
"There is power in this play" - Vancouvre Courier
" ...the strength with which [Steinbeck] writes his characters, and the texture with which the characters use language remains intact." - Talkin' Broadway
Of Mice and Men premiered on Broadway on November 23, 1937 under the direction of George S. Kaufman.