I went to see a play based on the Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath at the Hopkins Center last Saturday night. The show was excellent! If you have read the book or have been curious about the story I would recommend this play.
It’s a powerful story of a family leaving the “Dust Bowl” of the Midwest hoping for work in the fruit orchards of California and a new life. They arrive only to discover the farm owners are exploiting the workers and paying starvation wages. In addition to the Study Guide I discovered a fantatic overview and analysis Website about the story at SparkNotes.com. While class and economic divide is a major theme in the story, I think there are many lessons about human nature, compassion and family as well.
There will be an 8pm show on February 25-27 and a 2pm show on February 28th, 2009.