Natural disasters. Rampant foreclosures. Corporate greed and record joblessness. Written in the wake of the Great Depression, Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath speaks to the same harsh realities that America faces today. This evocative and deeply affecting stage version lifts Steinbeck's novel to new heights of theatrical urgency, visceral storytelling and pure emotional impact . The story of a nation is told through the eyes of one Oklahoma clan -- the Joads -- driven off their farm and forced west to find work in California's "promised land." Throughout their epic journey, the family refuses to lose hope in the face of suffering as they cling furiously to their human dignity. Part naturalistic epic, part road novel, part inspirational gospel, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the definitive American tale of the strength of the human spirit.