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East Of Eden

East Of Eden
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: John Steinbeck
Adapted by: Frank Galati
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 91
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 0822235250
ISBN-13: 9780822235255

About the Play:

East Of Eden is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Frank Galati, from the classic John Steinbeck novel of the same name. Renowned first as a celebrated 1952 novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture that starred James Dean, this is a powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Set in the years leading up to World War One, the play is a modern take on the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel, through the intertwining stories of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons.

East Of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story about legacy, loyalty and love that sets the story of Cain and Abel in the early 20th century. Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife, Cathy, settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Cathy gives birth to twins Caleb and Aron. But family history, sibling rivalry, and the impending danger of World War I will threaten their little piece of paradise. Do genetics determine a man's nature? Or is it defined by the choices he makes? East Of Eden is an American epic, grand in scope yet deeply personal, that asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.

East Of Eden premiered in 2015 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.

Cast: 3 women, 7 men

What people say:

"Rich in symbolism and substance…a significant achievement…." — Chicago Tribune

"Steinbeck’s novel, in [an] adaptation by Frank Galati, is an intriguing combination of Old Testament severity and new-fangled Freudian analysis, with a nature-versus-nurture overlay. A story of the catastrophic relationship between a man who loved blindly, and a woman incapable of loving anyone…." — Chicago Sun-Times

"Galati brilliantly emphasizes sibling rivalry, family secrets and the struggle to be good…[He] indulges us with short scenes that are engrossing, well-paced and captivating." — Northwest Herald

About the Playwright:

Frank Galati is an American director, writer and actor. He is a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, an associate director at Goodman Theatre, and an emeritus professor of performance at Northwestern University.