Stepping Out

'Grapes' in season at Bus Barn Theater


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Grapes of Wrath” includes, from left, Katie Maupin (as Ruthie Joad), Judith Miller (Ma Joad) and April Culver (Rose).

Los Altos Stage Company presents Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” slated to run Thursday through May 5 at Bus Barn Theater.

Steinbeck’s novel was published 80 years ago and is considered a classic piece of Americana. Set in the 1930s, the story follows the Joad family as it travels from Oklahoma to California to escape the ravages of the Dust Bowl. Fiercely proud but reduced to poverty, volatile young Tom Joad grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation the family encounters on their journey.

Award-winning Bay Area director Jeffrey Lo helms the production, supported by Christopher Fitzer (scenic design), Melissa Sanchez (costume design), Mia Kumamoto (lighting design), Lana Palmer (sound design and music direction) and Ting Na Wang (properties design).

The 18-member cast includes Joe Antonicelli, Lawrence-Michael C. Arias, Jack Barrett, Ross Briscoe, Joe Cascasan, Michael Champlin, Seton Chiang, Caitie Clancey, Carolyn Ford Compton, April Culver, Jorge Luis Diaz, Alexander Draa, Josiah Frampton, Gary Landis, Katie Maupin, Judith Miller, Heather Mae Steffen and Todd Wright.

Thursday’s show is a preview and Friday is opening night, with gala to follow. Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Wednesdays (after this week) through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20-$38.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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