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JUN 14–JUL 21, 2024

One of the most celebrated living writers of the Mexican-American experience, Octavio Solis pens a 21st-century tale inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. William Joad has no heir to bequeath the family farm to — until he learns about Martín Jodes, a young Mexican-American migrant worker descended from Steinbeck’s protagonist Tom Joad. In a reversal of the Joads’ mythic journey, William and Martín embark on a road trip from California’s migrant farm camps back to Oklahoma, where they reckon with their brutal pasts and forge an unlikely bond. Along their journey on the Mother Road, they gather a chorus of travelers. Witness Solis’ soaring poetry, gritty realism, and mythic scope as he captures the intersection of people, cultures, and migration in the American West.


(in alphabetical order)

Cher Álvarez* | Amelia, Abelardo’s Mother, Chorus

James Carpenter* | William Joad

Daniel Duque-Estrada* | Abelardo, Chorus

Emilio Garcia-Sanchez* | Martín Jodes

Branden Davon Lindsay* | James, Chorus

Michael Moreland Milligan* | Roger, Chorus

Lindsay Rico* | Mo, Chorus

Benny Wayne Sully* | Curtis, Chorus

Courtney Walsh* | Ivy, Chorus


(in alphabetical order)

Scott Coopwood* | Roger, Chorus

Marilet Martinez* | Mo, Amelia, Ivy, Chorus

Kenny Scott | James, Chorus

Angel Villalobos | Martín Jodes, Abelardo, Curtis, Chorus


Creative team

Tanya Orellana | Scenic Design

Rodrigo Muñoz | Costume Design

Cha See | Lighting Design

Jake Rodriguez | Sound Design

Ritmos Tropicosmos | Original Music

Taylor Williams | Casting

Elisa Guthertz* | Stage Manager

Christina Hogan* | Assistant Stage Manager

* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States

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Closed captioning on your smartphone is available for the following performances: Jun 19 preview, Jun 26, and every matinee. See all closed captioning performances. Learn more about our accessibility programs.


Events and extras

Route 66 Reads: The Grapes of Wrath
Over six weeks starting on Jun 3, Berkeley Rep will host a guided reading of Steinbeck’s renowned novel, offering participants a deeper understanding of the Americana literary tradition that Octavio Solis interrogates and enriches through Mother Road. To join us on this journey down the Mother Road, register for Route 66 Reads. And if you’d like to purchase the book in advance, it’s available at Half Price Books, Books Inc., and other local retailers.

Unlocking the Archives
Join us on Jun 14 for a special preshow conversation with the National Steinbeck Center. Follow along with archivist Lisa Josephs as we explore the history of The Grapes of Wrath in pop culture and get an exclusive look at artifacts from the Steinbeck Estate in Michael’s Second Act bar. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Latine Theatre Night
Join us on Jun 27 in our Narsai M. David Courtyard for an evening of music, food, and familia, featuring Oakland based psychedelic cumbia band, Ritmos Tropicosmos. Light bites provided by Picante. A selection of chocolates will be available for purchase from Casa de Chocolates. Doors open at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Postshow discussions
Join us after the show on Jun 28, Jul 2, or Jul 11 for a postshow discussion, expertly guided by members of Berkeley Rep’s artistic team.

Docent-led postshow discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees for a thought-provoking postshow discussion led by our knowledgeable docents.


Health and safety

Masks are required for audiences in our theatre on all Sundays (matinees and evenings) and Tuesdays. Masks are encouraged but optional for performances from Wednesday through Saturday. Visit our health and safety page for updates on our requirements for audience members.

Season sponsors

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