When: Sat., May 27, 8 p.m., Wed., May 31, 8 p.m., Fri., June 9, 8 p.m., Thu., June 15, 8 p.m., Sat., June 17, 1 p.m., Wed., June 21, 1 p.m. and Sun., June 25, 7 p.m. 2017
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck's novel of the Great Depression, follows the Joad family across America as they pursue a better life. Chased out of Oklahoma by the Dust Bowl, the Joads head for California to try their luck as migrant fruit pickers. Once there, they discover they're a drain on the local labor force, pawns for the wealthy and subhumans to everyone else. Their only crime is poverty, yet the denizens of the promised land are determined to keep them suffering from it. Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie adapted Steinbeck's morality play for opera audiences in 2007, and this year present the premiere of their new performing version at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The Grapes of Wrath is performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $25 to $129. The opera is performed six more times in repertory through June 25.