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Auditions for The Grapes of Wrath are set for August 25 for Friendswood High School Theatre Department.

The production by John Steinbeck will take place October 16-18 at FHS.

Current theatre students will be contacted by officers in the ITO theatre organization.All others should audition at the above time, according to Theatre Director Kathy Powdrell.

The Grapes of Wrath is an American novel written by Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award[ and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962, according to Wikipedia.

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor tenant farmer family, the Joads, driven out of their Oklahoma home by agricultural changes, drought, and economic problems from bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work.

Leaving a hopeless situation and future, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of others, the family leaves Oklahoma for California to seek land, jobs, personal dignity, and a future. A movie was made of the novel directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda in 1940.