Steinbeck Festival

August 3 - 6

20th Anniversary Festival Explores Author's Links To The Arts

National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas, CA

(831)775-4731 Fax (831)796-3828 www.steinbeck.org

Opera, theater, dance, fine art, film, and poetry, the 20th Anniversary Steinbeck Festival is a tapestry of the arts.

Explore the ways in which Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck has influenced playwrights, filmmakers, composers and other artists August 3-6, 2000 at the National Steinbeck Center at One Main Street, Salinas. Visitors will enjoy four days of speakers, panels, film and theater along with literary and architectural walking tours of historic Old town Salinas, the author's birthplace. Bus tours of "Steinbeck Country" include agricultural and wine tasting tours as well as Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula locales that figure prominently in Steinbeck's writings such as The Red Pony Ranch, and "Doc's" lab on Cannery Row. Dine in Steinbeck's boyhood home, enjoy the Book Collector's Fair and free jazz concert , and tour the National Steinbeck Center's interactive exhibits.

Manuscript to Masterpiece

This year's theme, From Manuscript to Masterpiece: John Steinbeck and the Arts, will highlight the numerous artistic interpretations of Steinbeck's writings, including adaptations for film, theater, dance and music. "Novel into Opera" will feature live performances from the opera Of Mice and Men, and Steinbeck's works will be compared to the folk traditions of Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie. Steinbeck and Poetry, Steinbeck and Photography, the Making of Viva Zapata! and Adapting Steinbeck for the Stage are just a few of the many festival offerings. Theodore Chapin, President of Executive Director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, will discuss their musical Pipe Dream based on Steinbeck's novel Sweet Thursday.

Perhaps the highlight of the festival is the epic three-cycle theater production of East of Eden presented by The Western Stage.

Prices & Details

The 20th Anniversary Steinbeck Festival will be an imaginative and enriching experience for Steinbeck fans, book lovers, scholars, and the general public. The price is $50 for a Festival Passport which includes four days of speakers, panels, films, museum admission and a special commemorative pin. Individual events will be available for $5 each (museum admission charged separately at $7.95 per person). Bus tours are $45 per person and include a light lunch.

Festival Passports for all four days are available for $50, or $40 for members. Passports include the opening reception, a commemorative pin, and all speakers, films and museum admission for the four days. (The Barbecue, Sunday Brunch, walking and bus tours as well as theater tickets are not included in the passport price.) Bus tours are $45 each and include lunch.

Individual programs and films will be available for $5 each, in addition to regular museum admission. Regular museum admission is $7.95 for adults, $6.95 for seniors/students, $5.95 for youth 13-17, $3.95 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

Schedule

Thursday August 3

11:00 AM -12:30 PM

 

Old town Walking Tour

Join National Steinbeck Center Docents for a stroll through the city of John Steinbeck's birth. Focusing on the downtown area, this tour will take you places like Bells Candy Shop from East of Eden and the J.E. Steinbeck Feedstore where John's father tried his hand at being a shopkeeper. Designed and led entirely by volunteers who have lived here for many years,this tour is a great way to establish the "sense of place" so crucial to John Steinbeck's works. $10 per person

2:00-3:30 PM

 

Old town Walking Tour See description above. $10 per person

6:00-8:00 PM

 

Opening Reception with SpectorDance

The 20th Steinbeck Festival will begin with a complimentary wine and cheese reception for passport holders and two original dance programs inspired by Steinbeck's books, The Grapes of Wrath and Sweet Thursday. SpectorDance, a dance company that uses ballet technique as a springboard for innovative dance, will perform two sets at 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM. All works are choreographed by Fran Spector Atkins and use media integration by William Roden. Passport and Ticket Holders or$10 per person.

 

Friday August 4

9:00-10:30 AM

 

"The Grapes of Wrath and the People's Voice" with Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D. This session will examine the oral quality of the migrants, how Steinbeck captures that in his text, and how that folk tradition has been extended and enriched by other artists working with the folk tradition, including Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

9:00 AM -1:15 PM

 

Monterey Sightseeing Tour

Local guide Doug Lumsden invites you to get acquainted with our westerly neighbor, the Monterey Peninsula. The onboard multimedia technology allows the guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of some of the world's most famous landmarks, such as the Carmel Mission, Seal Rock, and the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach. Doug's one-of-a-kind bus allows visitors to experience the tour in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, as well as in English. $45 per person, includes a light lunch.

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

 

Style and Image: John Steinbeck and Photography

Brian Railsback, Ph.D. John Steinbeck worked with photographers in various ways throughout most of his career. This session explores that relationship and the imagistic nature of the author's style and how it naturally lends itself to images in other media. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

11:30 AM -2:00 PM

 

Lunch at the Steinbeck House

Feel like a member of the Steinbeck family with a home-cooked meal in the Queen Anne-style house where Salinas' native son was born. Call the Steinbeck House at (831) 424-2735 for reservations.

12:30-3:00 PM

 

America and Americans and Travels with Charley Films with Walt DeFaria These two made-for-TV productions will be shown with introductions by Walt DeFaria, Director and Producer of "Travels with Charley" and Associate Producer of "America and Americans." DeFaria will discuss the process of creating these programs and Steinbeck's personal thoughts regarding "Travels with Charley." Passport and Individual Ticket Holders. Box lunches available at the cafe -call (831)775-4735 to reserve.

1:30-3:00 PM

 

Architectural Walking Tour with Kent Seavy Local Architectural Historian and Conservationist Kent Seavy will lead a small group on a journey of discovery. When you look up and really see the buildings around you, Salinas becomes even more exciting. This tour is a must for those interested in history and culture as expressed through architecture, from buildings designed by the famous William Weeks to the Joe Mora sculptures at the County Courthouse. $15 per person

1:30-4:30 PM

 

Wine Tasting Tour Monterey County is now one of the world's largest grape-growing regions, and with good cause. AgVenture Tours will take a small group into a local vineyard to show off one of our region's most loved crops. You'll also have a chance to taste the wine and pass a lovely afternoon in the company of one of our area's most dynamic tour guides. $45 per person, includes a light lunch.

3:15-4:45 PM

 

Steinbeck and Poetry

Moderator Kevin Hearle, Ph.D. and panelists Terry Beers, Ph.D. and Dana Gioia Moderator Hearle and panelists Beers and Gioia will discuss Steinbeck's poetry and the influence of poetry on Steinbeck's writings, including the work of Robinson Jeffers. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

5:00-6:00 PM

 

Speaker's Book Signing Event

Speakers and panelists of the 20th Steinbeck Festival will be available to sign their publications, including Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D.; Kevin Hearle, Ph.D.; Dana Gioia; John Dizikes, Ph.D.; Orval Bronson; Brian Railsback, Ph.D.; Michael J. Meyer, Ph.D.; and others. Publications currently in print will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

6:30-8:30 PM

 

Blues Barbecue at the First Mayor's House

The newly restored First Mayor's House, the historical home of the Baker Family from the late 19th century, will be the venue for a special barbecue of blues, poetry and history. Featuring music by the Blues Wizards, readings by Mark Gurley, the author of Salinas Blues!, and a hearty meal in the spirit of Salinas, this barbecue is guaranteed to be impressive. $25 per person, includes meal, entertainment, and no-host beer and wine bar.

Saturday August 5

9:00 AM -5:00 PM

 

Book Collectors' Fair

California booksellers will have booths in the Rotunda of the National Steinbeck Center selling rare Steinbeck items including first editions, movie items, and other materials relating to Steinbeck's life and work. Participants include: James M. Dourgarian (Walnut Creek, CA), David Meeker, Nick Adams & Co. (Sacramento, CA), Diane Peterson (Atherton, CA), Jim Johnson (Carmel, CA), and Dennis Taugher (Belmont, CA). Free of charge after regular admission.

9:00-10:30 AM

 

Eye Witnessing History: John Steinbeck and Thomas Hart Benton in the Depression Era with Nina Allen

Although Steinbeck and Benton never met, their work converged on several occasions, demonstrating what John Dewey called "the community of form in different arts." Using slides of Benton's paintings, lithographs, and drawings, this presentation will examine the inter artistic parallels in Steinbeck's and Benton's work within the cultural context of the depression. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

9:00 AM -1:15 PM

 

Cannery Row Bus Tour

Visit Cannery Row and take a walking tour with guide Gael Gallegher. As a special treat, the Cannery Row Foundation has made arrangements for participants to get a tour of Doc's Lab, where John spent so much time listening to music, talking, and formulating many of his personal philosophies. Join the ghosts of Mack and the boys on this trip down "the street of the sardine." $45 per person, includes a light lunch.

9:00 AM -1:15 PM

 

Agriculture Tour

Do you know which crop has to be protected from the sun with rubber bands?

Have you seen how many lettuce seeds there are in a five-pound bag?

AgVenture Tours provides a look at our agriculture like you've never seen.

That simple salad on the side you ordered yesterday took years of planning, experimenting and engineering to get to you. Find out how and why on this fascinating journey through our agricultural heritage and future. $45 per person

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

 

"It Takes All Kinds of People: Steinbeck and his Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical, PIPE DREAM" with Theodore S. Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

Mr. Chapin will discuss the story behind Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1955 Broadway musical PIPE DREAM, based on John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel Sweet Thursday. A rare failure for the otherwise successful team of Rodgers & Hammerstein, PIPE DREAM grew out of their friendship with Steinbeck and his wife Elaine. Mr. Chapin will chart the musical's history and provide a rare glimpse into this forgotten work. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

 

Three Short Films with Terri DeBono and Steve Rosen of Mac & Ava Motion Pictures

The Chrysanthemums (1990), Molly Morgan (1991), and The Raid (1990) are film adaptations of three short stories by Steinbeck. The producer and director of the films will introduce these three short films and lead a question and answer session following each showing. The filmmakers are from Monterey and shot these films on location in the Salinas Valley. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

11:30 AM -2:00 PM

 

Lunch at the Steinbeck House

Feel like a member of the Steinbeck family with a home-cooked meal in the Queen Anne-style home where Salinas' native son was born. Call the Steinbeck House at (831) 424-2735 for reservations.

12:00-3:00 PM

 

Butterfield & Butterfield Book Estimates with Catherine Williamson Have you ever wondered how much that first edition of The Red Pony is worth?

The Director of Books and Manuscripts from the auction house Butterfield & Butterfield will be on hand to provide book estimates for festival participants and museum visitors. Free of charge after regular admission

12:30-3:00 PM

 

"Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Mexican Revolutionary? The Cold War and the Making of Viva Zapata!" with Curtis Marez, Ph.D. This presentation and film showing will explore the relationship between the Mexican Revolution and the Cold War, as represented in the film VIVA ZAPATA!

Dr. Marez' introduction will prod you to look at this film in a different light. After the feature-length showing of VIVA ZAPATA!, Marez will lead a discussion about the film's historical, political, and aesthetic significance. Passport and Ticket Holders. Box lunches available in cafe, call (831)775-4735 to place your order.

1:30-3:00 PM

 

Special Old town Walking Tour with Steinbeck House

An abbreviated version of the regular walking tour with a special surprise-a tour of the house where John Steinbeck was born and raised. Do you hear the sounds of John and his sister roller-skating on the upper floor? You just might, as Valley Guild volunteers show you around this beautifully restored Victorian that is now operated as a luncheon restaurant. Space is extremely limited. $15 per person

1:30-3:00 PM

 

"Dissonant Symphony: The Art of the Fugue and John Steinbeck" Michael J. Meyer, Ph.D. The presentation will use contrapuntal techniques, echoes and repetition- all musical forms found in classical music - to analyze Steinbeck's fiction.

Actual songs and words arranged in musical ways will be discussed and illustrated from Steinbeck's canon. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

1:30-5:30 PM

 

The Red Pony Ranch Tour

A Steinbeck Festival classic is back! Visit the ranch where John spent much his boyhood and was the setting for The Red Pony. In the company of Steinbeck historians Dick Hayman and Carol Robles, hear readings from The Red Pony and venture into the world of both Steinbeck's life and work.

Seating is limited so book this tour early! $45 per person, includes lunch.

3:15-4:45 PM

 

"Novel into Opera" with John Dizikes, Ph.D.

The session will consider issues that arise in the transformation of a previously published written text into that form of musical theater we call opera. The example of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men will be illustrated by the performance of excerpts from the opera and will be compared with other such transformations. Passport and Individual Ticket Holders

3:15-4:45 PM

 

"Adapting Steinbeck for the Stage"

Moderator Orval Bronson and panelists Harvey Landa, J.R. Hall, and Alan Cook Landa, Hall, and Cook-all of whom are playwrights who have adapted works by Steinbeck for the stage-know firsthand the challenges of turning a well-known novel into a play. Moderated by Orval Bronson, author of Burning Brightly: John Steinbeck on Stage, this panel discussion will focus on the techniques these writers used to transform Steinbeck's stories into another medium. Passport and Ticket Holders

5:00-7:00 PM

 

Free Family Concert - In Step with Steinbeck

Co-Sponsored by the Monterey County Jazz Festival and the Old town Salinas Association.

The Monterey Jazz Festival's County Honor Band will be performing on the steps of the National Steinbeck Center for the enjoyment of festival participants, local families, and other visitors. Donations at the event will benefit the youth programs of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Free of Charge and Open to the Public.

7:00-9:00 PM

 

Gala in the Gallery

You are invited to an elegant strolling dinner party with an eclectic cast of characters, including Lenny, Ma Joad, Doc, Juana and Charley. This special event will take place in the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, where Steinbeck's settings and characters will inspire the sustenance and the senses. The menu includes appetizers in "East of Eden," entrees in "Cannery Row," desserts and coffee from the "Mexican Plaza" to "New York" and surprises along the way! Your evening will also feature a tour of the vintage photo exhibition, Modotti and Weston: Mexicanidad with photographer Michael Spencer. $65 per person includes dinner and hosted wine.

Sunday August 6 

9:00-10:30 AM

 

Awards Breakfast

Festival participants and the general public are invited to our Awards Breakfast to honor the winners of the Trustee Award and the 3rd Annual Short Story Competition, presented by Michael Millman, Classics Editor of Penguin Publishing (OR Executive Editor of Penguin Classics??) The buffet will include wonderful dishes to start the day right, such as blueberry blintzes, eggs benedict, fresh baked pastries, juices and robust coffee and teas. $15 per person. Call 831/775-4738 for reservations.

10:00-11:30 AM

 

OldTtown Walking Tour

Join National Steinbeck Center Docents for a stroll through the city of John Steinbeck's birth. Focusing on the downtown area, this tour will take you places like Bells Candy Shop from East of Eden and the J.E. Steinbeck Feedstore where John's father tried his hand at being a shopkeeper. Designed and led entirely by volunteers who have lived here for many years, this tour is a great way to establish the "sense of place" so crucial to John Steinbeck's works. $10 per person.

10:30 AM-Evening

 

EAST OF EDEN

The Western Stage presents their epic three part production of East of Eden, depicting the struggle between choice and redemption. Adapted by Alan Cook.

Parts may be viewed individually, or in a series.

10:30 am - Cycle 1 "The Chain is Forged"

2:30 pm - Cycle 2 "The Unrelenting Past"

7:30 pm - Cycle 3 "The Chain is Broken"

Hartnell College, 156 Homestead Avenue, Salinas/$18 each at the door, $14 for Steinbeck Center members.

Also: Buy 2 cycles, get the 3rd free. Call for tickets reservations

831/755-6816.

12:00-4:30 PM

 

Fremont Peak Farewell Cruise

A Steinbeck Festival tradition. After all the meetings, movies and discussions, visit the site where John Steinbeck and Charley looked out at the valley spread before them while on their trip around the country. While on your way, you'll pass various sites of historical and literary interests, all described by long time Festival veterans Esther Bird and Lee McCutchen.

When you get to your destination, there is a moderately tricky quarter-mile walk from the parking lot to the peak, and restroom facilities are primitive. But it's all worth the trip to see the world of Steinbeck spread out at your feet. $45 per person, includes lunch.

2:00-3:30 PM

 

Old Town Walking Tour

Join National Steinbeck Center Docents for a stroll through the city of John Steinbeck's birth. Focusing on the downtown area, this tour will take you places like Bells Candy Shop from East of Eden and the J.E. Steinbeck Feedstore where John's father tried his hand at being a shopkeeper. Designed and led entirely by volunteers who have lived here for many years, this tour is a great way to establish the "sense of place" so crucial to John Steinbeck's works. $10 per person

The 20th Anniversary Steinbeck Festival is sponsored in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Special thanks to Media Sponsors, the Salinas Californian, KSBW TV 8 and KUSP 88.9 FM radio.