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“Of Mice and Men” In New Britain

John Steinbeck’s classic story “Of Mice and Men” will be presented by Phoenix Theater Company from April 6–21 at Trinity-On-Main at 69 Main St. The play is directed by Danny Coyle of Glastonbury and is produced by Chris Ryan of Bristol.

The original story was presented in the form of a novel-play in 1937. Originally titled

“Something That Happened”, Steinbeck changed the title after reading Robert Burns’ poem “To A Mouse” that tells of the regret for having destroyed the home of a mouse while plowing his field. The poem reads…“the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley (Often go awry)”.

“Of Mice and Men” tells the tragic tale of two displaced migrant workers during the great depression in California. George Milton and Lennie Small hope to see their dream come true, to someday own their own land. Steinbeck was a migrant worker and many of his experiences and people he met are recorded in “Grapes of Wrath “and this play.

“Of Mice and Men” became a play on Broadway in 1937 (revived in 1974) and was made into a movie in 1939 and 1992. Prominent television adaptations came out in 1968 and 1981.

The cast features Steven Kelly (Woodbury) as George and Bob Schmidt (Middletown) as Lennie. Others featured in the cast are Virginia Skinner (Orange), Jim Brennan (Glastonbury), Andy LaPlante (Granby), Aaron Larkin (East Haven), Mark White (Newington), Quint Johnson (North Branford) and Liston N. Filyaw (Windsor). Helping out back stage are Phil Kendal (Bristol) handling Lights and Sound, Diane Chrusciel (New Britain) as Stage Manager, Victor Gonzalez (Colchester) doing Graphics and Frank Bradley (New Britain) doing publicity.

The show will be presented from April 6—21, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., with one Sunday show on April 15 at 2 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main at 69 Main St. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for Seniors and Students. There will be a cash bar and other refreshments available. There will be free parking at the Chestnut Street Garage across the street from Trinity. Call 860-229-2072 for tickets and reservations or go to