John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" coming to the Lenfest Center for the Arts

January 25, 2020

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Washington and Lee University
Lenfest Center for the Arts
Wilson Concert Hall
Lexington, VA 24450

Box Office 540-458-8000

The American Shakespeare Center’s 2019/20 National Tour comes to Lexington with a performance of Steinbeck’s great American novel, "The Grapes of Wrath", on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre. Tickets are required.

The "Grapes of Wrath" follows the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers, as they travel from Oklahoma to California to escape the ravages of the Dust Bowl, fighting oppression and mother nature on their journey along Route 66. The play is a deeply affirming tribute to the endurance of the human spirit. In the Joads, audiences will see a reflection of the goodness and strength that perseveres in the face of adversity.

Originally published in 1939, John Steinbeck’s classic novel received immediate acclaim and stirred controversy for its depiction of the rural working class. Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of the novel won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1990. The enduring spirit of Galati’s adaptation lives on in ASC’s production which honors the simplicity and sparseness of the Broadway production which The New York Times called "…majestic…leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit he saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found.”

“In the Joads, Steinbeck created an indelible portrait of resilience and grace. They are like every family—doing the best they can with the little they have. They are a stark reminder of the human toll of migration but also the power human beings possess to persevere, to change, and to be kind,” says director José Zayas.

Tickets are required. For this special performance, W&L students, faculty and staff are allowed one free ticket. Additional tickets and tickets for the general public are available for $15 each. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer online or swipe card sales for this event. However, patrons should come by the Box Office or call 540-458-8000 to claim or purchase tickets. Regular Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and one hour prior to performance time.


Kenn Hopkins Jr. in The Grapes of Wrath. Photo by Lauren Parker.

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