Of Mice and Men

by  John Steinbeck

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9m, 1f

The tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and mentally challenged Lenny, and their dream of owning a farm.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"'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 

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  • "Of Mice and Men" - Longacre Theater
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Keywords

Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: An Agricultural Valley in Central California.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 1f
WHIT
CURLEY
LENNIE
THE BOSS
GEORGE
SLIM
CANDY
CURLEY'S WIFE
CARLSON
CROOKS
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men premiered on Broadway on November 23, 1937 under the direction of George S. Kaufman. 

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