"Of Mice and Men" is the stage version of John Steinbeck's classic novella.
"Of Mice and Men" runs through March 23 at Thalian Hall.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A John Steinbeck classic is coming to the stage. Thalian Association is performing Of Mice and Men.
After Steinbeck penned the novella in 1937, he went on to adapt it for the stage.
It centers around Lennie, a large man with limited mental abilities, and his protector George.
They find work on a ranch and things are looking up, until Lennie makes a fatal mistake.
The wife of a ranch hand allows Lennie to stroke her hair since he has an affinity for soft things. He gets unnerved when she claims he's too rough and accidentally breaks her neck.
George is then forced to make an agonizing decision about Lennie's fate.
"George's final act of protection for Lennie is really inevitable, and as difficult as it is for him it's what's best for his friend," said director Tom Briggs. "It's inspiring the length to which someone will go to protect someone they love."
At the heart of this story is the search for understanding, a theme that is always relevant.
"We're going through that right now with what's going on in the vast divide between the left and the right," said Briggs. "What's going on in Ukraine has to do with people trying to understand and appreciate each other, and that will never change."