Jesse Gephart Dazzles as Director and Co-star of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” at Theatre in the Park

Ryan Brock (left) and Jesse R. Gephart star as George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"

Undaunted by the dual challenge of staging 1962 Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck’s Depression-era drama, “Of Mice and Men,” while co-starring in it as circa 1937 migrant worker Lennie Small, popular Triangle actor and director Jesse R. Gephart scores a double triumph in Theatre in the Park‘s 2011-12 powerful season-opener.

TIP Opens Its 2011-12 Season with “Of Mice and Men”

Ryan Brock (left) and Jesse R. Gephart star as George and Lennie

“It’s … a major challenge directing a show that I’m also acting in,” TIP guest director Jesse R. Gephart confesses. “It’s the first time I’ve done anything like that, and thankfully I’ve had my long-time friend Maggie Rasnick at my side as my assistant director, helping mold and shape the show.”