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Productions, 2007 - 2008

 Tobacco Road 

By Jack Kirkland
Adapted from the novel by Erskine Caldwell
Directed by Terry Allen
Scenic Design by Kevin D. Gawley
Lighting Design by Emily Van Winkle*
Costume Design by Heidi O'Hare
Sound Design by Terry Allen and Arthur F. Gulig
Prop Design by Michael DuPont*
* Theatre Student

Kjer Theatre
October 18-20 & 24-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 21 at 1:30 p.m.

"Tobacco Road" Photo Gallery

Set during the Great Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding August, Georgia, Tobacco Road is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings and fear that they will descend to a lower social rung than the black families who live near them. This memorable play ran eight years on Broadway (3,182 performances) and has been revived three times.

"Tobacco Road" Cast
Dude Lester - Ryan McDaniel
Ada Lester - Melissa Jean Briggs
Jeeter Lester - CJ Krueger
Ellie May - Abbie Williams
Grandma Lester - Tera Kaminski
Lov Bensey - Carroll Stephen Rankin
Henry Peabody - Eddie Neve
Sister Bessie Rice - Brittany Gusho
Pearl - Stephanie Doms
Captain Tim - Shane Chandler
George Payne - Matt Tatone