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The Albright Theatre presents "Of Grapes and Nuts"

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  • "The Joads are goin' to California!," including Pa, played by Jeff Pripusich, Ma by Janette Spink, Tom by Tony Parise and Lenny by Jon Witt.

      "The Joads are goin' to California!," including Pa, played by Jeff Pripusich, Ma by Janette Spink, Tom by Tony Parise and Lenny by Jon Witt.
    Courtesy of Maureen Morley

Linda Brooks

BATAVIA, Ill. (August 22, 2014) -- The Albright Theatre Company is proud to present the first show of its 41st season, "Of Grapes and Nuts" by Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper and Tom Willmorth.

"Of Grapes and Nuts" is a hilarious sendup of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men" that follows the Joad family and their hulking friend Lenny on a road trip from Oklahoma to California, explains director Maureen Morley of Batavia. Characters from both tales collide to create a unique story that remains faithful to John Steinbeck's original Depression-era tales while serving up a heaping "Dust Bowl" of comic relief.

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"Most of us have read either 'The Grapes of Wrath' or 'Of Mice and Men' in high school or college, but you don't have to be familiar with them to enjoy 'Of Grapes and Nuts'," Morley says. "I was a member of the original cast in 1990, and am excited to revisit the show with a new cast, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the portrayal of these iconic characters."

The talented cast includes: Tricia Miller Hewson of West Dundee as Mae; Richard Holloman of Hoffman Estates as Jim Casey; Patrick Naugle of Gilberts as Candy, Company Man, Border Guard and Al; Beth Oberle of St. Charles as Curly and Cat Driver; Tony Parise of Elgin as Tom Joad; Jeff Pripusich of North Aurora as Pa Joad; Jeff Schaller of Batavia as Gus; Janette Spink of Elgin as Ma Joad; and Jon Witt of Naperville as Lenny. "Of Grapes and Nuts" is supported by producer and stage manager, Linda Brooks, of North Aurora.

"It is truly one of the funniest plays I have ever encountered, and I encourage everyone to come see it," Morley says.

"Of Grapes and Nuts" will run weekends Sept. 5-27. Note, this production will be closed during the annual Art in Your Eye festival, Sept. 19-21.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave. on the third floor of the Batavia Government Center.

Tickets are $15 or $12 for students/seniors. Reservations are highly recommended; call (630) 405-8838.

For information, visit the Albright Theatre Company website at

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