Tobacco Road, Based on the Controversial Novel, at La Jolla Playhouse
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time makes its way to the stage in the musical The Secret Garden. On a windswept moor in a lonely old house, a grieving widower and his sickly son spend their days lonely and lost, haunted by the ghosts of departed loved ones. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who has lost her family to cholera and come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. Her quest to find the key and restore the garden uncovers startling secrets and a family tragedy. With the help of her new friend Dickon and her cousin Colin, Mary brings new life to the garden and to her grief-stricken uncle. Presented by the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre and directed by Shaun T. Evans, this magical musical is the perfect vehicle for CYC's cast of talented young actors and seasoned professionals. Enhanced by a beautiful and powerful score performed by a live orchestra, the musical version of this beloved story is a delight for audiences of all ages. Learn More
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This play is not for everyone's taste, but I thought that it was done very well. The acting was exceptional and it was the first time my husband and I had been in the Forum at La Jolla Playhouse.
I would recommend this to those who like something a bit different.
Descended from a family of sharecroppers, Jeeter and Ada are barely surviving on their ramshackle, destitute farm. Even without fuel, seed, money or credit, Jeeter maintains a stubborn dedication to the land despite the hopelessness of their situation. Disconnected from her children, Ada's remaining wish is for a decent calico dress and her favorite child Pearl's happiness. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Pearl longs to make a new life for herself in the city. A traveling female preacher, Bessie--who fiercely proselytizes despite her penchant for sin--falls for the Lesters' son Dude, who agrees to marry her when she offers to buy him a car. In a desperate end game that is both darkly humorous and disturbing, everyone's lives are changed forever. But a final act of love outshines the meanness of their lives.
First dramatized for the stage in 1933 by Jack Kirkland and rarely performed since, Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road ran on Broadway for a remarkable seven and a half years. Its abrasive humor, lewd religiosity and savage sexuality shocked Depression-era audiences and critics alike. This searing and modern production promises to astound a new generation with its emotionally gripping and glaringly truthful look at humanity.
Erskine Caldwell (author), born in Moreland, Georgia, is a significant figure in America's literary and social history. The author of 25 novels, 150 short stories and 12 nonfiction works, he is best known for his novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933). A fierce advocate for social justice, his controversial work presented the heated issues of class, race and gender. Despite repeated efforts to ban his work, Caldwell's novels struck a chord with the American public, ultimately selling more than 80 million copies.
Directed by David Schweizer.