The Gift Theatre announces casting for “The Grapes of Wrath”

The Gift Theatre, Chicago’s most intimate Equity theater, presents John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss(Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati. The Grapes of Wrath opens Thursday, June 23 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

The Grapes of Wrath cast includes Gift ensemble members Alexandra Main (Good for Otto), Jay Worthington (Richard III), Kyle Zornes (Richard III) and Paul D’Addario (Good for Otto) with guest artists Amaris Sanchez, Art Fox, Casey Morris, Charlie Strater, Chris Mathews, Diego Colon, Emily Marso, Jerre Dye, Jose Nateras, Kona Burks, Lane Flores, Mesiyah Oduro, Michael Turrentine, Namir Smallwood and Tim Martin while its design team includes Courtney O’Neill (set),Alarie Hammock (costumes), Charles Cooper (lights) and Christopher Kriz (sound).

“Now, more than ever, this classic tale of the Joad family desperately trying to hold together in a dangerous America feels so urgent. Like many folks, Steinbeck’s novel had a profoundly moving effect on me and I’m overjoyed our ensemble member Erica Weiss is directing our production—simultaneously modern and timeless—on an epic journey in our intimate space,” shared Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton.

The Grapes of Wrath

Written by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati
Directed by Erica Weiss
Location The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Previews Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19
Opening Thursday, June 23
Closing Sunday, August 14
Press Performance Monday, June 20
Curtain Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30PM

Sundays at 2:30pm


Tickets $35

Call 773-283-7071; or visit


About The Gift Theatre

TEN, The Gift’s annual kickoff celebration of ten-minute plays curated by artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton and associate artistic director Paul D’Addario took place in January. The season kicked off March 3 with Richard III, directed by Jessica Thebus. Director and ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns for The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati (June 16- August 14). The season closes with the world premiere of Melissa Ross’ haunting and heartfelt mystery A Life Extra Ordinary (September 29- November 20) directed by ensemble member John Gawlik (Good for Otto). Subscriptions for the entire 2016 season are available for as little as $75. The Gift subscribers (“Gifters”) receive admission to three shows, free parking at Gale Street Inn, free admission to all Wednesday night “Natural Gas” improv shows and invitations to special subscriber-only special events. Subscribe at or call 773-283-7071.