Published in 1939, landowners and right-wing national forces lobbied for this novel to be banned. Never before had a book incensed the American public in such a way. Steinbeck relentlessly exposed the misery of the farmers who left their homeland Oklahoma due to high rents in time of the »Great Depression«. They were drawn to the dream of finding a better future in California. Hundreds of thousands journeyed along the famous Route 66, suffering every step of the way from hunger, exploitation and xenophobia.
In the book of John Steinbeck, it is the Joad family that has to endure this fate, until finally the youngest son commits a murder and decides to fight for the rights of the migrants. In a kind of fictional report, the author, who himself accompanied refugees as they searched for a better life, credibly describes how people are made beggars. His own parents fled Europe searching for a better life in America, the land of the free. His parable story about the struggle for dignity in undignified times remains highly relevant even today.
Schauspielhaus
Director
Roger Vontobel

Palle Steen Christensen

Costume
Tina Kloempken

Music
Keith O`Brien

Dramaturgy
Marion Tiedtke

Cast
Heidi Ecks (Großmutter Joad)
Thomas Meinhardt (Großvater Joad)
Patrycia Ziolkowska (Mutter Joad)
Uwe Zerwer (Vater Joad)
Nils Kreutinger (Tom Joad)
Friederike Ott (Rose Rivers geb. Joad)
Heiko Raulin (Jim Casey)
Matthias Redlhammer (Onkel John)
Stefan Graf (Connie Rivers)
Keith O`Brien, Yuka Ohta (Live music)