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Last Updated on May 7, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 134

Featured as one of the ten best plays of the season in The Burns Mantle Theater Yearbook of 1989-1990, Frank Galati’s The Grapes of Wrath captures the essence of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in a lyrical performance. For this production Galati won Tony Awards in 1990 for best play and best director. The Grapes of Wrath also won the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for best play and the Drama Desk Award for best direction.

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Galati has held myriad positions related to the theater: a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University, an associate director of the Goodman Theatre, and an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His other roles include screenwriter, for The Accidental Tourist (1988), and director, for such plays as Ragtime (1998), the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie (1994), and Seussical (2000).

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