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‘Of Mice & Men’: Story set to music in Madison

May 22, 2019

Madison Lyric Stage will present its spring musical in a historic location, the Deacon John Grave House and Farm in Madison, Friday, May 31 through June 9.

The 1970 Carlisle Floyd chamber opera “Of Mice and Men” will be an immersive production performed for a maximum of 40 people per performance, according to a news release.

Based on the John Steinbeck novella, the musical tells the story of two migrant field workers - George, intelligent but uneducated, and Lennie, a bulky, strong man who is mentally challenged - who arrive in California during the Great Depression to work on a small ranch.

The tragic story will be performed at the three-centuries-old house and former farm, with piano accompaniment. Audience members will begin outside the house as they meet George (Daniel Hague) and Lennie (Marc Deaton) for the first time. They will then move into one room in the House for Act I and into a second room for Act II. Chairs will encircle the fully air-conditioned rooms, and the action will take place inches from the audience, according to Lyric Stage.

The Deacon John Grave House. 581 Boston Post Road at Academy Street, Madison. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. $40. 203-215-6329. madisonlyricstage.org

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