Tobacco Road

An American Classic

Tobacco Road

March 20 to April 5, 2020

Underground at the Hilberry
by Jack Kirkland. Based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell

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Erskine Caldwell’s celebrate American novel, Tobacco Road, comes to life in an adaptation by Jack Kirkland.

It follows a family of Georgian farmers who struggle during the Great Depression as their once profitable tobacco crop slowly dies. Jeeter Lester, the father, lives in squalor with his wife Ada, their two children, Dude and Ellie May, and his mother. When the family learns that their house and property are now owned by the bank, Jeeter is given a chance to earn money so that they may keep living there, but he refuses. Desperate to save their family, the once-proud father makes sacrifices that will impact their lives in ways unimaginable.


There is NO LATE SEATING. Out of respect for the audience and the production, patrons arriving after the performance begins will not be admitted.

Date Time Note
Friday, March 20 8 p.m. Opening Night
Saturday, March 21 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 10 a.m. School Matinee
Thursday, March 26 7 p.m. Curtain Up Event
Friday, March 27 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1 10 a.m. School Matinee
Thursday, April 2 7 p.m.
Friday, April 3 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 3 p.m. Closing Performance

Group Discount Available

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Cast & Creatives

Coming soon.

Study Guide

Download our study guide, great for teachers and parents to help prepare students for this production. Activities presented assist in achieving the Michigan Common Core State Standards (MI-CCSS).

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