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Willow Davis Professor Drew Davidson Acting I 17 October 2016 The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath has been a controversial work since its initial publishing, as the novel by John Steinbeck. Dealing with many unsavory issues, it was banned in a number of areas. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, many years ago, it feels oddly modern, and present. This year Northern Kentucky University’s theatre department took on this challenging, and moving work. Throughout the play, all of the actors were quite believable in each of their roles. This was achieved by a very engaged, and alert ensemble working together. It could be seen, also, through the means the actors used to create their characters. Trey Paris, who played Casy, used a heavily presentational type of acting. Casy, a retired reverend, is an older man. From the moment he entered stage at the very beginning of the play, and began to speak in his slightly gravely, somewhat labored voice, it was fairly obvious what kind of man he was. Paris’ walk, and overall style of movement made this very apparent. The way in which he breathed, and moved around the space seemed to affect the way he attacked lines, and other actions. Physiologically, how Paris moved his physical body was very important. The voice also played a major role in affecting his acting from a representational view. Paris appeared to breath in a way that allowed
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