Pastures of Heaven




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John Steinbeck's
The Pastures of
Heaven

June 3–27
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Adapted by Octavio Solis
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
Developed in collaboration with Word for Word Performing Arts Company

A brand new play adapted by one of our country’s most talented and prolific playwrights. This richly theatrical play—commissioned especially for Cal Shakes—celebrates the art of storytelling as it depicts comic and heartbreaking characters in search of happiness in the seemingly idyllic landscape of Steinbeck’s own Salinas Valley.

Based on The Pastures of Heaven © 1934 John Steinbeck.
John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven has been selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New American Play as part of the NEA New Play Development Program, hosted by Arena Stage.

Listen:

listen Listen to a Pastures of Heaven Grove Talk by Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly

Watch:
Don't Take Our Word For It

Highlights from John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. Video by Inti Fernandez. Watch the video

Don't Take Our Word For It

Patron feedback after a recent performance of John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. Watch the video

Pastures of Heaven Inside Scoop

Director Jonathan Moscone, actors Richard Thieriot and Amy Kossow, and dramaturg Laura Hope discuss John Steinbeck, Octavio Solis, play development, community engagement, and the meaning of home at a panel that took place partway through rehearsals for John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. Watch the video

Read the Blog:

Visiting the Real Pastures of Heaven
Last weekend several of us from Cal Shakes and Word for Word Performing Arts Company went to Salinas to hold some events in anticipation of our upcoming world premiere, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven.

2010 Season Artist Profile: Octavio Solis
In the months leading up to our 2010 Main Stage season, we’ll be profiling the creative minds behind the season’s productions—John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing—in our e-newsletters. For the inaugural installment, we are introducing newsletter subscribers to playwright Octavio Solis, a Cal Shakes Associate Artist and occasional contributor to this blog.

Entering into The Pastures of Heaven
So folks, we just ended a full week of workshopping the first complete draft of Octavio Solis’ adaptation of Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven. We’re premiering it next year on our Main Stage, and it was quite a week.

Steinbeck Blog Prompt #3 by Jonathan Moscone
The third and last in our series of three prompts, designed to help inform our upcoming Steinbeck Project workshop. The Cal Shakes New Works/New Communities program would love for you to leave your input in the "comments" section below, via prose, poetry, links to video, imagery, or audio, and whatever else you can think of.

   






Events

Grove Talks, 45 minutes before each performance
Led by resident Grove Talks speakers, these free, informal 20-minute talks are held on site 45 minutes before each and every performance, offering invaluable insight into the play and the production.

Tastings, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning at 6pm
Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before the performance.
Tasting Schedule:
Tue, Jun 15 - Coterie Cellars and Artisana Raw Coconut Butter
Wed, Jun 16 - Martin Ray Winery and Wallaby Yogurt
Tue, Jun 22 - Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Wallaby Yogurt
Wed, Jun 23 - Peet's Coffee & Tea and Artisana Raw Coconut Butter

Meet the Artists, Sunday, June 6 and 20, following the 4pm performance
Audience members enjoy an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about the production with cast members following select 4pm matinee performances.

Behind the Scenes, Thursday, June 10, 5:30pm event; 7:30pm performance
Share an intimate chat with actors from each production. The evening includes a backstage tour, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a catered dinner beginning at 5:30pm. Cost: $45 (not including theater ticket). Call 510.548.9666 or visit calshakes.org to order.

Shindig, Friday, June 11, 6:30pm event,
8pm performance
Pre-show party for young professionals with cocktails, music, and more; event free with purchase of ticket to that night’s performance

InSight, Sunday, June 13, following the 4pm matinee
Explore the world of the play through an informal dialogue with the production’s dramaturg following select 4pm performances.

Meet the Muralists, Saturday, June 26, following the 2pm matinee A post-show presentation by and Q&A with Jose Ortiz, leader of Hijos del Sol, the Salinas-based illustrators who created the beautiful, Pastures-inspired mural currently installed above the Bruns plaza. Meet the Muralists is free and open to the public.

Photos:

John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven
Production Photos
MEMBERS OF THE PRESS: Please click here for high-resolution photos.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
Dan Hiatt, Andy Murray, and Rod Gnapp
in John Steinbeck’s The Pastures
of Heaven
; photo by Jay Yamada.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo byKevin Berne.

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The cast of John Steinbeck’s The
Pastures of Heaven
; photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Jay Yamada.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
JoAnne Winter and Catherine
Castellanos in John Steinbeck’s
The Pastures of Heaven
;
photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
Emily Kitchens, Rod Gnapp, and JoAnne Winter in John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
Tobie Windham, Emily Kitchens, and
Dan Hiatt in John Steinbeck’s
The Pastures of Heaven
;
photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s
The Pastures of Heaven
;
photo by Kevin Berne.

Pastures of Heaven - Cal Shakes
The cast of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; photo by Kevin Berne.

Visit the press page for publicity shots and more productions photos

Artists

CAST

(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Castellanos*  ROSA LOPEZ, JACK THE DEPUTY SHERIFF, MOLLY’S MOTHER, CLEO BANKS, ENSEMBLE
Julie Eccles*  VIVIAN MUNROE, HELEN VAN DEVENTER, ALICIA WHITESIDE, ENSEMBLE
Rod Gnapp*  PAT HUMBERT, SHARK WICKS, ENSEMBLE
Dan Hiatt*  JOHN WHITESIDE, Allen Huenecker, PANCHO, JAKOB STUTZ, PA HUMBERT, ENSEMBLE
Emily Kitchens*  MAE MUNROE, ALICE WICKS, MOLLY MORGAN, ENSEMBLE
Amy Kossow  HILDA VAN DEVENTER, MISS MARTIN, MA HUMBERT, ENSEMBLE
Andy Murray*  TB ALLEN, HUBERT VAN DEVENTER, FRANKLIN GOMEZ, GEORGE MORGAN, RAYMOND BANKS, ENSEMBLE
Charles Shaw Robinson* BERT MUNROE, JUNIUS MALTBY, ENSEMBLE
Richard Thieriot*  RICHARD WHITESIDE, JIMMIE MUNROE, DR. PHILLIPS, BILL WHITESIDE, ENSEMBLE
Tobie Windham*  MANNIE MUNROE, TULARECITO, ENSEMBLE
Joanne Winter*  KATHERINE WICKS, MARIA LOPEZ, ROBBIE MALTBY, WILLA WHITESIDE, ENSEMBLE

CREATIVE TEAM

Jonathan Moscone  DIRECTOR
Octavio Solis  playwright
Annie Smart  SET DESIGNER
Meg Neville  COSTUME DESIGNER
York Kennedy  LIGHTING DESIGNER
Obadiah Eaves  COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER
Erika Chong Shuch  MOVEMENT
Julie Wolf MUSIC DIRECTOR 
Laura Hope  DRAMATURG
Stephanie Hunt  TEXT COACH
Briana J. Fahey*  STAGE MANAGER
Katherine Riemann*  ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Christina Hogan  PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Kate Jopson  ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.






Program Articles

Pastures of Heaven Program
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