Michael Schamis is a New York City resident who works as a sales associate for Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits on the Upper East Side. In his free time, Michael Schamis and his wife take advantage of all the best the city has to offer, including Broadway shows.
One of the all-time classic plays is Of Mice and Men, based on the novel by John Steinbeck who writes about an unlikely pair trying to survive during the Great Depression. The book, published in 1937, was written to easily translate to the play — in fact, Steinbeck said that though he wrote it as a novel, he did so in a way that it was “scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” The play version opened on Broadway the same year the novel was published.
Now, Of Mice and Men has come back to Broadway, opening April 2014 at the Longacre Theatre with James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd as the tragically dimwitted Lennie. The show is directed by Anna D. Shapiro, whose previous credits include August: Osage County, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Director.