Mother Road

October 28 – November 14 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of WrathMother Road is set in the present day and introduces us to William Joad.

Hardworking and hard living, Joad hung on to the family farm, but now has no blood kin to pass it down to. No one, that is, until a private detective uncovers an unexpected relation: Martín Jodes – a young Mexican American man descended from Steinbeck’s protagonist Tom Joad.

The two men meet up at the site of the former government work camp that was once home to Steinbeck’s Joads and is now home to migrant workers like Martín’s mother, who lived and died laboring in the fields. Together these unlikely cousins travel from California back to Oklahoma, reversing the Joads’ mythic journey in an epic story about land, family and survival.  

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    Chelcie Ross (William Joad), Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus) and Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

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    Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes), Ronnel Taylor (James), Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus), Chelcie Ross (William Joad) and Brenda Barrie (Chorus) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

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    Lisandra Tena (Amelia/Chorus), Tommy Rivera (Curtis/Chorus), Ricardo Gutierrez (Chorus), Christopher Meister (Roger/Chorus) and Ronnel Taylor (James) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

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    Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus), Chelcie Ross (William Joad) and Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo at Goodman Theatre

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    Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes) and Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

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    Chelcie Ross (William Joad) and Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo at Goodman Theatre

  • Mother Road Production Photos
    Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus) and Ronnel Taylor (James) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

  • Mother Road Production Photos
    Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes) and Chelcie Ross (William Joad) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

  • Mother Road Production Photos
    Ronnel Taylor (James), Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes), Brenda Barrie (Chorus) and Chelcie Ross (William Joad) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

  • Mother Road Production Photos
    Ronnel Taylor (James), Lakin Valdez (Martin Jodes), Chelcie Ross (William Joad) and Angelica Roque (Mo/Chorus) in Mother Road by Octavio Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo

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