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Wrath playing this week in Purnell

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama will perform John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath every day this week, with the last showing occurring on Oct. 10. Directed by professor of acting Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, the performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“*The Grapes of Wrath* is one of America’s favorite novels, and, due to the work of the adapter Frank Galati, now one of its greatest theatrical inventions,” said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.
“I chose the work to open our season, in collaboration with director Mackenzie-Wood, as I believe the play holds a mirror up to a contemporary fiscal and environmental landscape that is truly alarming. The theater at its best should provoke, move, question, and engage, and I hope the audience attending the production experiences all of these actions.”

A story of courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming hardship, Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize-winning novel examines a family of sharecroppers who strive for the American dream in an environment that raises, then shatters, their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Ticket prices begin at $23 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $10 for students with valid Carnegie Mellon identification. For complete ticket prices, call the School of Drama Box Office at (412) 268-2407 or visit

CMU hosts 19th annual festival

Carnegie Mellon University’s 19th annual International Festival, “What’s Happening to Diplomacy?” is scheduled for Oct. 8–10. All events will take place in Carnegie Mellon’s University Center and are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available at Here are a few festival highlights.

Professor Jendavi Frazer will be the speaker at the keynote lecture on Friday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Frazer served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Her current research focuses on strengthening regional security cooperation and economic and political integration in Africa. She is also co-director of Carnegie Mellon’s new Center for International Politics and Innovation (CIPI), where she is particularly interested in utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, global service organizations such as the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Building New Hope, Unite for Sight, and the American Red Cross will provide opportunities for visitors to engage in a variety of impact projects at the event “Global Volunteerism: Becoming a Global Citizen,” beginning at 10 a.m.