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Black and white photo from Dust Bowl period. Dad with shovel kneels in front of car with child in lap.

From Dust Thou Art

By Peter Grego; Adapted from the Oral History Collection of the California Odyssey Project
Directed by Mandy Rees

Thursday-Saturday, November 6, 7 & 8 at 8pm
Sunday, November 9 at 2pm
Doré Theatre

$10 General Admission
$8 Seniors (60+)/CSUB Faculty & Staff
$5 Students with Identification

California was the “promised land,” and those who left the devastation of the Dust Bowl could not wait to arrive, though their dreams of a better life were soon dashed. It is an incredible journey filled with struggle and heartbreak, but ultimately it is a celebration of the human spirit. Adapted from oral histories, From Dust Thou Art tells the story of these resilient people in their own words. 

Part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Steinbeck’s classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Photo courtesy of California Odyssey: Dust Bowl Migration Archives.

Box Office opens one hour prior to each performance and takes cash and checks only. We do not take credit cards. For a reservation, call (661) 654-3150 starting October 27th.

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"Studying at the CSUB Theatre Department allowed me to experiment with projects and roles that shaped the actor I am today. They gave me space and tools to create art —regardless of size and scope — always encouraging creativity, spontaneity and hard work. I was lucky to have what I did in the theatre program at CSUB and continually draw on my time there for inspiration."

Jeff Lepine, Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater, NYC

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CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 

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