Mother Road


As the hardworking and terminally ill William Joad sets out on an epic journey to pass down his family farm, he is humiliated to find that the only surviving descendant of his family is a Mexican-American named Martín Jodes, an ex-migrant worker. Inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic, The Grapes of Wrath, the two men take a ride through the Mother Road, traveling from California back to Oklahoma, all while forging an unlikely bond and coming to terms with their brutal past. This powerful new play, written by playwright Octavio Solis (El Paso Blue, Quixote), examines the crossroads of family, immigration and the American dream.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
150 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$51 - $105

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/07/2020 - 03/08/2020
Sunday 7:30pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday 7:30pm--
Wednesday 7:30pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 2:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates


  • 02/22/2019 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 03/05/2019 - 8:00pm
Performer Role
David Anzuelo Abelardo/Ranch Hand
Natalie Camunas Amelia/Chorus Leader
Ted Deasy Roger/State Trooper/Ranch Hand
Derek Garza Curtis/Abelardo's Father
Cedric Lamar James/Cook
Amy Lizardo Mo
Kate Mulligan Ivy/Police Officer
Mark Murphey William Joad
Tony Sancho Martin Jodes
Production Personnel
Octavio Solis
Bill Rauch
Costume Designer
Carolyn Mazuca
Set Designer
Christopher Acebo
Lighting Designer
Pablo Santiago
Projections/Media Designer
Kaitlyn Pietras


Arena Stage - The Fichandler Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Fichandler Stage stands as the iconic, original theater space, with its epic, in-the-round auditorium and steeply raked seating tiers. The spirit of the Fichandler is celebrated in this 683-seat venue where patrons are never more than eight rows away from the stage, allowing the entire audience to be closer to the stage than ever before.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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