Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge will stage the classic Steinbeck drama “Of Mice and Men” on their stage June 13th – June 29th as the theater company’s second play of the 2014 Montana summer theater season. “Of Mice and Men” tells the story of two displaced migrant ranch workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California.
“Of Mice and Men” is Cutler Brother’s first stab at a classic drama but the Montana theater troupe holds high hopes. “The play has so much depth to it and so many iconic tear-jerking moments and our cast is hitting each of them on all cylinders,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He added, “I think audiences are really going to be blown away by what the cast does with this classic.”
The cast is an all Deer Lodge Valley based cast of notable actors and a couple newbies. The show’s director, Kelly Cutler, will play the role of George Milton. George’s soft-hearted and lovable sidekick, Lennie Small, will be played by Deer Lodge’s very own mayor Zane Cozby. Matthew Cutler will take on the villainous role of Curley and Annmarie Downey, who was last seen as Cinderella, will play Curley’s presumptuous wife. Rounding out the cast is Jim Cameron as Candy, Jim P. Tilley as Carlson, Stuart Jewell as Slim, Rex Kendall as The Boss, and Cutler Bros. newcomer Martin Reap as Whit. The role of Crooks will be played by University of Montana theater major Marquis Dijon Archuleta who is also a 2014 Cutler Bros. resident actor.
“Of Mice and Men” is a roller coaster of emotion that audience members should be prepared to experience. The drama holds several adult themes and deep issues including death, violence, and lust. Steinbeck’s story is meant to be an enlightening adventure based on several societal issues of the late 1930’s.
The drama will run June 13, 14, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28 at 7:30 pm and June 14, 15, 22, 29 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 with a reservation and all performances will take place at Cutler Bros. Theater in Deer Lodge. For questions, directions, and reservations please call the box office at (406) 846-4115 or visit cutlerbros.com.