The free performance at the York's home at The Theatre at St. Peter's is performed, conceived and adapted by Anthony Newfield. It's a rare non-musical entry in the York's continuing mission to give a space to artists and new work.
Steinbeck and the Land "is a compilation of excerpts from Steinbeck's letters, essays, short stories, and novels, which explores John Steinbeck's relationship to the land—the land he knew best—the Salinas Valley and the nearby Monterey Bay area in Central California—the land that helped shape him as a man, that helped influence his writing."
Anthony Newfield was seen on Broadway in Tartuffe . Other New York credits include The Bad Infinity, The Grapes of Wrath, It's Only a Play, Ourselves Alone, Lady Windermere's Fan. Regional theatre credits include Arcadia (Huntington Theatre), Death Defying Acts ; The Hostage (Coconut Grove Playhouse), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Antony and Cleopatra (Alliance Theatre), Present Laughter (Pioneer Theatre Company), Gross Indecency, How I Learned to Drive, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Hippodrome State Theatre), Bent (Caldwell Theatre - Carbonell Award). He recently performed Steinbeck and the Land at the National Steinbeck Center as part of its annual Steinbeck Festival. He played Jim Casy in a production of The Grapes of Wrath at the Moscow Art Theatre's Studio Theatre.
There is no admission fee. The performance is at 7:30 PM April 20. Reservations are recommended at (212) 935-5824 ext. 24.
York's home is The Theatre at St. Peter's in the Citigroup Center at 54th and Lexington (enter off 54th Street). James Morgan is York's artistic director; Jeff Landesman coordinates the reading series there.