Be part of a local production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men! Steinbeck’s style is as chiseled as Hemingway’s; his compact masterpiece depicts the roughness of migrant farmers’ lives in the 1930’s; its characters are indelible in memory and its pages bristle with issues of racism, sexism, ableism, and ageism. Our staging of this in a local auditorium will be an engaging but not too demanding way to get inside Steinbeck’s novella. After having taught the book for about 15 years, instructor John Chamberlain has set it into 18 scenes; each actor will be part of two or three short scenes; lines to be memorized are manageable, even for the main characters. We will rehearse once a week across five weeks (on Wednesday evenings, starting September 25) and present it on Wednesday, October 30. This is not about professional acting; the focus is on learning, self-expression, and engagement.