John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, initially titled Something That Happened, was written in 1930ies, during the Great Depression. Two friends arrive to work in a ranch. They share a dream – to earn some money and get a house of their own. But what can happen to mice, can also happen to men, Robert Burns writes in his poem that Steinbeck chanced on, while working on his book, and eventually pinched the title from. Even the best intentions can go astray. Steinbeck’s small ranch is a miniature model of the world, where one can put to test the things that can be changed, the things that cannot be changed, and our ability to distinguish between them.

Of Mice and Men is Vallo Kirs’ first work in Tallinn City Theatre. It falls into the line of adaptations of classics that he and dramaturge Tõnis Parksepp have created together (most recent ones of which are Tammsaare’s The Old and the Young and Dostoevsky’s Idiot). Of Mice and Men has formerly been staged at the Estonian Drama Theatre (1966) and Ugala Theatre (1993). For Tallinn City Theatre Kirs and Parksepp wrote a new adaptation.