The Hanover College Theatre department opens its 2013-2014 season with a presentation of "The People, Yes" Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Auditorium.

The play is based on an adaptation of the classic poem by Carl Sandburg.

Written in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression, Sandburg's inspiring poem uses the language of common people.

Though the poem is composed in a distinctively American dialect, it directs the listener's attention to the story of the whole human race, opening with "From the four corners of the earth" and moving toward global message in "the people will live on."

According to Jim Stark, the play's director, Sandburg hears certain echoes in human history.

"This masterpiece has spoken to me every day since I first heard it, more than 20 years ago," Stark said in a press release. "Sandburg, the voice of America, transcends tribal boundaries in this work, calling the Family of Man into a future of creativity, diversity and cooperation. I hope you will enjoy hearing that call."

Tickets for "The People, Yes" will be available at the door and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for high school-aged youth and under.